Six performers appear to defy the laws of gravity, responding with strength and grace to maintain balance onboard a constantly shifting platform.
When an imposing, suspended, podium begins to spin, pivot, swing and elevate, the only way to withstand its forces is through agile movement. Faced by such instability, bodies lean, climb, hang and fall, coming together and then apart, in this perilous dance of survival.
A French artist equally dedicated to the circus arts and contemporary dance, Yoann Bourgeois has long been fascinated by ideas of weightlessness and the physics of suspension. For this ingenious show, he challenges performers from both disciplines to meet the physical demands of his intriguing staging, each scenario choreographed to rousing tracks from opera aria, ‘Casta Diva’, to Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way.’
1 hour 5 mins/no interval
Age guidance 8+
4 Feb Post-show talk Free to same-day ticket holders
Presented by the Barbican in association with London International Mime Festival
Produced by Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois
Co-produced by MC2: Grenoble, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Maison de la Culture de Bourges, L’Hippodrome Scène nationale de Douai, Le Manège de Reims, Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes-Pyrénées, Théâtre du Vellein, La Brèche Pôle national des Arts du Cirque de Basse-Normandie/Cherbourg-Octeville and Théâtre National de Bretagne Rennes
With the support of ADAMI, SPEDIDAM, DGCA, Conseil Général de l’Isère, DRAC Rhône-Alpes, Région Rhône-Alpes and Ville de Grenoble
Yoann Bourgeois is an associate artist at MC2: Grenoble and supported by the Fondation BNP Paribas
French artists at the Barbican supported by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni