Dance, Aerial, Theatre
Urban Astronaut provides a glimpse of a future that might be… where problems surrounding air pollution have reached crisis point, is there any way back? What can the Urban Astronaut learn from audiences now that might change his future?
Combining stunning design, unseen before an aerial performance (using a unique travelling flying machine that suspends the performer 20ft in the air) with simple storytelling and moving dance performance, Urban Astronaut travels through towns and cities searching for a solution to the environmental disaster that is present in our near future. The answer is found in a simple encounter with a young girl who provides the one thing the astronaut has lost… hope.
A bold new direction in physical theatre choreographed around a bespoke structure, intriguing, enchanting and thought-provoking, Highly Sprung once again take on a global issue with a narrative that makes it at once personal and motivating.
About Highly Sprung
Highly Sprung Performance is a Midlands based physical performance company producing inspiring performance and participatory projects that attract new and young audiences. Providing innovative and original projects that involve, engage and excite, the company creates work using a style of performance where movement speaks and text moves.
Highly Sprung’s unique approach to using physical theatre is founded on the creation of a physical language to tell stories and explore themes, using gesture, high-energy, often risk-taking dynamic movement, expressive communication of narrative that is spoken and portrayed through movement and which places an emphasis on the ensemble as core to its devising process.
The company was founded in 2000 and has an impressive record of public productions, both in arts venues and across UK festivals and events. They are also recognised for producing outstanding participatory projects, working with over 9000 children and young people annually both in education and the community, to high acclaim.
Produced by Highly Sprung
Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
Commissioned by Without Walls and Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts.