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This show takes place at The Cockpit in Marylebone. Performed with no spoken language. 60 minutes. Ages 14+
Elaborate headpieces, human puppetry, experimental mating rituals and aerial acts interplay with innovative pair work as the characters explore their counter-weighting relationship. In this universe you can shoot from a banana, species meld, men have babies and cannibalism is funny. Challenging the presence of the audience, the performers follow their personal needs and dance like no one is watching.
Their relationship is both playful and abusive, emotions shift quickly from boredom to recklessness and their behaviour seems quirky, dark, hilarious and unexpected, taking us deep into questioning identity controversies: How do we learn things and become who we are? How are we shaped by socio-political circumstances, geographical location, traditions, religion, gender and parental influences? What would happen if some or all of these elements were missing? How do we integrate information and form different parts of our personality? How do we evolve as individuals, as a species, and what is the need – if any – for others? If there was no one left to tell us what to do and how to behave, anything could be possible. Who would we then become?
Get ready to be excited, moved, confused, to relate to the despair and freedom that aloneness can bring, and to recognise yourself in the skin of an alien.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Co-produced with Festival de Teatro de Molina
With special thanks for their continuous support to Upswing Aerial, Certain Blacks, Proteus Theatre and Deda.
Photo credit: Lidia Crisafulli
ABOUT THE COMPANY
We are an emerging UK based company that combines physical theatre, contemporary dance and circus. What brings us together is our common passion to move and create. Our aim is to develop a joint language of movement, taking action both to the air and the floor. Using the circus apparatus or just our own bodies, we create daring, touching and innovating performances.