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HOLD - "What you have, hold" - Proverb.
Research and Development 2018. Available Spring/Summer 2019.
To hold - to possess, to control, to rule, to detain, to grasp, to protect, to foster, to cherish, to keep watch over; to continue in existence or action; to keep back from action.
Hold is a piece of circus theatre which explores perceptions of strength and age and the deep bonds and rifts between generations with a cast spanning from 11 - 65.
We are interested in the immense transformations in a lifetime – how at each age our physicality and perceptions radically shift. How we are strong, wise, foolish, weak and exuberant in different ways at different times in our lives. We are interested in how age is read – how strong we perceive ourselves to be and how the world sees us; the assumptions that are hurled upon our bodies. We are interested in what lies between – what the old and young can bring to each other. And we are interested in families – the place where different generations bump up against each other.
The show will feature an aerialist is their 60s, a couple in their 30's, a child of 11 and an original piece of circus equipment: a frame and sling which act as part trapeze, part cradle or perch. It is a simple yet incredibly versatile design. It can hang an inch from the floor - be a still doorway or a swing travelling the full length of the stage. It can be counter weighted and manipulated to create a little world of windows, thresholds and ledges. It can be pulled right up to the grid to create a precariously high trapeze or cradle. And it can be all the distances in between. With it we can play with the risk and beauty of a body suspended high in the air and the delicacy of being close to the ground. It also offers multiple basing positions so that we can create fluid and interchanging doubles, triples and quadruples work and the possibility for inventive, new circus choreography on the floor and in the air.
Already from our research we have discovered the huge potential in the clashing rhythms and energies of different ages. We are finding the joy and tension in the generations interacting so physically and discovering how moving it is to see an older parent lift and carry their grown child, and how they in turn might hold and be held by their young child : the cycles of choreography within a family.
This show continues our commitment to using the imagery of circus to create genuine, thrilling and moving theatre; trademark innovative design alongside compelling stories.
We are currently looking for physical performers for the creation of Hold.
We are looking for a performer in their 50s / 60s (playing age 60s), ideally current or former aerialists but we are also interested in hearing from dancers or physical performers who are willing and able to experiment with circus / aerial choreography.
We are also looking for a performer aged 10 -13 with training in aerial, acrobatics / gymnastics or dance.
The creation will involve devising theatre from the movement and images of circus, and performers should be prepared for experimentation and play.
There will be 5 weeks' rehearsals in London in 2018: Starting on November 5th and then 12th, 19th November and 3rd, 10th December.
Rehearsals will continue in 2019 for 11 weeks. Starting on 7th January and then 21st January and 11th, 18th February, 4th, 25th March and 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th April.
The show will then be touring for periods throughout the rest of 2019.
Rehearsals will run Wednesday to Saturday. The younger performer will only be expected to attend rehearsals after school on Fridays and on Saturday mornings. However, they must be able to be available for the full week, w/c Friday 29th April and w/c 6th May and some weekdays during Easter holidays 2019 and then subsequent touring dates. We will provide fees, accommodation and travel expenses for a chaperone as required.
The auditions will be held in Sydenham, South East London at MY AERIAL HOME (SE26 4PR) on Wednesday 26th Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th September with recalls on Sunday 30th September. Younger auditionees will only be called on the weekend dates.
For the contract all fees will be paid in line with Equity / ITC rates. Accommodation and travel while touring will be provided.
Applications must be received by 18th September. We will reply to all applicants ASAP.
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