Posts Tagged ‘Circus’


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Blog Takeover: Losing your sense of paradise

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Tricycle

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Today we are introducing Takeover 2016 trainee producer Ollie, who is creating a special circus performance during the Takeover that examines the relationship between the depths of our minds and circus arts. Auditions to take part in Circus Minded are this weekend – email Ollie here to find out how you can get involved.

As the Takeover approaches, the anticipation is rising amongst the young producers!

We are all beginning to see the projects that make up Takeover become a reality. It is strange to think that all of those conversations about concept and the meaning of Paradise are so close to being fully realised.

As a part of exploring this main theme for my event Circus Minded, I have been focused on what happens when we lose our sense of paradise. The results of my research have pointed me towards the inner worlds of those experiencing mental health problems. I am exploring how a person can feel completely disconnected from the world, and even further still from paradise, when suffering in the grips of an illness that they have no control over.

Circus Minded is a project intended to contribute to and develop the conversation about how those experiencing mental health issues can reconnect to the world and step out of their internal realities, at least for a moment.

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Through circus as an artform and a physical practice, myself and several circus performers I am working with have discovered how circus skills stimulate both the creative and logical parts of the brain. Circus can be a way of reconnecting people, through physical sensation, to the world in a positive and exciting way.

The culmination of my thought process about this is resulting in a circus performance, devised and developed as part of Takeover 2016: Paradise at the Tricycle. Through Circus Minded I hope to continue the conversation of how circus can also be used, like dance, as an expression of our deepest selves. We’re very excited for you to come and see it.

For more information about mental health and the alleviating effect of circus, please read this article written by Grace Wong, who speaks from personal experience.

Auditions to be involved in Circus Minded are taking place on Saturday 20th February at 2pm-4pm at the Tricycle. Please email Ollie here if you’d like more information or to be involved.


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Roll up! Roll up! Lionboy video blog

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by Tricycle

Behind the scenes… Complicite’s Lisa Kerr brushes up her circus skills with aerialist Jo Foley, in preparation for her role as Pirouette in Lionboy.

Music – Stephen Hiscock / Editing – Rimi Solloway

Lionboy is a festive family adventure coming to the Tricycle from 17 Dec – 10 Jan, suitable for everyone aged 8 up.


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The Circus is Coming to Town

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Tricycle

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Last year Marcelo Dos Santos adapted the Lionboy trilogy for the stage. This winter the production will be revived at the Tricycle, and Marcelo is here to tell us about what first attracted him to the books and how he brought them to life.

Tell us what Lionboy is about – in two sentences!

Lionboy is the story of Charlie Ashanti, a boy who can talk to cats (and lions) and whose parents are kidnapped by sinister forces. With the help of his cat friends Charlie sets about rescuing them, facing all manner of danger and excitement along the way.

What made you want to adapt the books for the stage? Were there any challenges involved?

Zizou Corder’s Lionboy books are part ‘adventure yarn’, part ‘political fable’. They span continents, and are populated by a huge cast of characters both human and animal. The stories are almost boundless in their ambition. All of which makes them fantastic reads but present challenges in terms of adaptation. Which episodes do you follow? How do you structure it? Where do we finish the story? Oh and what does ‘cat’ sound like?!

How did you solve these challenges?

Rather than showing every moment of Zizou Corder’s novels acted out, I worked with the company to develop a language of storytelling that relies on our audience’s imaginations. When you watch Lionboy, you are being told a story – using just a few props and some circus skills, our ensemble of actors ask you to imagine a circus ship, a futuristic London, a Moroccan forest and more. Having the audience engaged in this way makes the show a truly theatrical experience, like Complicite’s previous award-winning work.

What most attracted you to adapting the books?

Although Lionboy is definitely an adventure story, the issues and themes are very resonant to what is happening in the world now. The books describe the depletion of natural resources and tackle the powerful forces of corporate self-interest. They ask where our responsibilities lie. For me, the real interest and excitement was in Charlie negotiating this dangerous moral labyrinth and learning about the difficulties of the adult world but also realising his own power to effect change.

Complicite has always been about collaboration and the play was partly developed with the company through a combination of improvisation and devising work. So it was also really exciting for me to work with such intelligent and talented actors and directors!

It’s been an adventure in itself getting Lionboy here, I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Lionboy is on stage from 17 Dec – 10 Jan. Click here for more information about Lionboy, to watch the trailer and to book.