Circus, Dance, Theatre
2 tightwire artists, 2 dancers, a trampoline duo and a dancing clown search for the beautiful in the fragile & the fragile in the seemingly beautiful.
Maresa von Stockert’s latest cross artform collaboration for the outdoors combines contemporary circus, dance and physical theatre.
FRAGILE’s architectural set creates the illusion of the performance being on a rooftop. Imagine a flat concrete roof where someone has put up a garden with a few plants in pots and some grass.
One layer of the piece will expose the microcosm of human activity taking place in this garden. It will look at the lives of those who visit the roof terrace and explore what the garden means to them.
For the creator of the garden it may be an oasis or even an obsession.
Others make it their hide-away, a place where they can escape reality.
Some may see it as a playground, others as a forbidden space.
For one person it may resemble paradise, for another a foreign world of green discomfort, bewilderment and fear.
While intricate relationships tenderly and brutally entwine, a strange transformation happens to the garden itself enhancing the sense of a warped reality and other worldliness unfolding…
Tilted Productions’ work combines contemporary dance and circus, object manipulation, physical theatre and performance art.
Artistic Director Maresa von Stockert creates illusionary worlds that are inspired by social, environmental and political observations. Real life issues are dissected, played with and taken into the realm of the surreal with thought provoking consequences.
Maresa works with a team of collaborators, including contemporary dance and circus artists, actors, designers and composers, bringing together people from a broad range of ages and challenging artform boundaries.
The work features a constantly evolving interest in the physical dialogue between human bodies and objects. Whether every day objects, specifically designed props, transformable sets, architectures or landscape elements, their role is integral as catalysts for movement and metaphors within the theatrical concept.
Maresa von Stockert will work in close collaboration with seven outstanding performers: Lucas Bergandi (tight wire; from CNAC); Stephanie McMann & Beth Powlesland (amongst many other projects featured in Tilted’s SEASAW); Laura Smith & Mark Pieklo (trampoline; previously with Cirque Plume) and David Vossen (clown & dancer; recently in Mor Shani’s Flatland; Pink Umbrella Company).
The set has been created in collaboration with French scenographer Fabrice Deperrois of Les Plastiqueurs and Tilted’s production manager Jeremy Cox with structural engineering by Jason Tucker of Maltbury Staging.
The sound design containing originally composed as well as existing pieces of music is by Oliver Thomas.
Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
Commissioned by PASS – Circus Channel
Co-produced by La Breche, Pole National des Arts du Cirque de Base – Normandie
Centre National des Arts de la Rue,
Viva Cite Festival.
Supported by Without Walls, Crying Out Loud
Arts Council England