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One Fell Swoop Circus Brings By A Thread to the Art House
Using no nets or safety harnesses, By A Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics and spectacular skills from some of Australia’s best emerging and established circus artists. Seven performers combine dynamic acrobatic skills and poignant physical theatre in a choreographed exploration of tension; physical, emotional and relational.
By A Thread explores the relationship between trust and play on an innovative aerial apparatus—using long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrapped around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground.
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.
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.
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.
“One Fell Swoop Circus was formed as we wanted to make work that explores the trust implicit in ensemble acrobatic work and apply this to aerials. It’s challenging developing group aerial circus acts, as aerialists are often isolated from other performers. Circus is a powerful art form because what you see before you is actually what is happening. When you see someone taking a risk by hanging upside down from a rope that is held up only by other people, well... that’s what is happening.” explains Director and company co-founder, Charice Rust.
One Fell Swoop are also offering an Advanced Circus Skills workshop that is ideal for locals aged 8 to 16 who have a physical background in dance, gymnastics or circus and are interested in advancing their skills and improving their technique with high-level instruction. The workshops run for 1.5 hours and the $30 cost includes the price of a ticket to the show.
"If you want to see a group of exceptional humans pushing the limits of their art, this show is definitely for you." The West Australian
"...an intricate and mesmerising piece of art...It truly is a brilliant ensemble piece." ArtsHub
The Art House presents
By a Thread - A One Fell Swoop Circus Production
Thursday 10 October Workshop 1.30PM; Performance 8PM
Tickets: Workshop including Performance $30; Performance only $22 - $35
From thearthousewyong / 02 4335 1485
This article archived 3 Nov 2019
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