Fringe World Festival 'BY A THREAD' presented by One Fell Swoop Circus... Eight circus artists and 30 metres of white rope, inventive aerial acrobatics and spectacular skills from some of Australia’s best emerging circus artists.
Dates: 20 - 25, 27 - 31 January & 1-2 February
Where: The Lunar Big Top, The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge, WA 6003
Coming out of intense physical training at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), Australia’s elite-level circus training institute, the By a Thread ensemble emerges with a cutting-edge contemporary circus piece on an innovative aerial apparatus that includes no safety net or harnesses.
Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground. Like the booms and sheets of a sailing ship the performers are hoisted and swung by one another to create striking tableaux and breath-taking dynamics. The actions of one acrobat affect and implicate the movements of others in a precise negotiation of cause and effect.
The rope is a physical manifestation of the trust implicit in any relationship, acrobatic or otherwise. The performers use this metaphor for connectedness to explore the give and take, balance, and dynamics of relating to one another. Leaving the realm of the solo act where the performer relies on their individual strength; our acrobats rely on the strength of the group to hold the end of the rope, keeping them aloft.
Having piled eight acrobats into a van and driven 4000km across the country to perform at Perth FRINGEWORD, By a Thread explores the ties that pull people together and the strings of trust and risk that manipulate our interactions.
"This is our first time at FRINGEWORLD and we are very excited to share By A Thread with Peth audiences", says Jonathan Morgan, company spokesperson, One Fell Swoop Circus.
“Mesmerising, totally absorbing, lots of fun. Brought me to tears at one point, very beautiful.” Audience comment, Gasworks Theatre, 2016.
20 Jan 2017 00:00 AM
02 Feb 2017 00:00 AM