Joli Vyann

Circus, Dance, Installation

This is a daredevil yet poignantly sensitive representation of the ambiguous nature of time and the threat of irreversibility in relation to climate change.

Joli Vyann use their unique and dynamic style of dance, circus and theatre on a 7m high rotating hourglass, to tell the story of civilisation as we know it and its fragile relationship with time and nature. The performance moves through a narrative of climate change, its consequences and the larger question of how humanity copes with the precarious balance that could at any point tip into chaos. Four performers dance, leap, gracefully balance and throw themselves with acrobatic prowess around, on and inside the rotating hourglass.

About Joli Vyann

Joli Vyann was created in 2012 by Olivia Quayle and Jan Patzke. Joli Vyann integrate circus, dance and theatre in their own unique style where each genre has an equal role. Their style is to blur the boundaries of where dance ends and circus skills begin, but also to pull the audience into an emotive experience, drawn in by the characters, the fragility and precision of dance and acrobatic skill.

Joli Vyann’s work explores the precarious nature of mixing dance and acrobatics, playing with contradictions, subtlety and breaking conventions. They have a strong theme of female empowerment in their work as well as strength in their versatility and attention to detail.

Creative / Production credits:

Created and Produced by Joli Vyann
Supported by Executive Producer Dougie Evan and Assistant Producer Sam Gilroy

Image credits: Malachy Luckie, Andrew Allcock, Wild Rumpus, Stockton Borough Council

Funding, commissioning and partner credits:

Timeless has been supported by Without Walls, commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Timber Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival.

Co-commissioned by: Bournemouth Arts by the Sea, Imagine Watford, Merchant City Festival, Glasgow, The Point, Eastleigh. Additional support by: Pavilion Dance South West, The Point, Eastleigh, Seachange Arts,101 Outdoor Arts. R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint.