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“Great chemistry, a sassy confidence and droll sense of humour” - The Advertiser “Fun, witty, audacious and intriguing” - The Melbourne Observer
Elegant by nature, sophisticated in style, “Entropy” explores what happens to regular circus acts when additional factors are introduced. Bodies entangled in rope are pushed off balance and props are stolen mid-trick, water spilt and apples split. There is a sense of play, keeping audiences enthralled by the peeling of apples and breathtaking acrobatics equally. Dynamic and powerful, these acrobats show an incredible level of physical prowess whilst maintaining femininity. They perform awe-inspiring lifts and balances with apparent ease, defying their lithe physiques. A distinctive element threaded through the show is a white rope. This rope is continually moving to entrap bodies and dictate movement. It rarely leaves the stage and is just as crucial as any cast member. The movement and style accompanying most of the work done with the rope is reminiscent of contemporary dance, providing balance from afar as well as pulling traditional acrobatics off-center. Delving into the absurd, these fiery female acrobats entwine their skills and bodies to create a world where gravity doesn’t always pull downwards.
History & background
As one of very few all-female acrobatic troupes, we hope to provoke a shift in the way feminism is perceived. By subverting expectation and not displaying our empowerment through sex appeal or anti-patriarchal statement, we inspire changes in attitude around gender equality and create connections to real life positive role models. World class with our physical skills and unique performance style, we are encouraging audiences to overcome stereotypes of women in circus and modern culture. We are thrilled to be bringing such an important piece of work to light in this time of change.
Marketing selling points
The major selling point of Entropy is our relatability as female role models. By performing skills that are traditionally performed by men, we demonstrate our power as individuals and as an ensemble. Our stand point as feminists is to act as equals, not to draw gender comparisons or preach anti-patricialism. The overwhelming audience feedback is that Entropy is empowering for women and inspiring for all. Described as having "...feminine aesthetic without using sex as a selling point."
Key audience and marketing notes
Entropy is a leading show in its genre and has started to open many important conversations around the topics of equality and feminism. TEOC has worked hard to gain a reputation as 'fourth wave feminists' - women who do not obtrusively preach our beliefs. Instead, through our art we give the opportunity for growth, awareness and shifts in perspective as individuals and as a community. For this reason, we appeal strongly to young feminists and parents of girls age 8 to 18 who are looking for instrumental role models for their children.
Community Engagement activities
Q and A sessions/post show discussions - A great way to help break down stereotypes. As we are an all-female ensemble in a feminist time, being able to engage and discuss with our audiences what Entropy means to us, to them, and the social impact is an important process that we are devoted to. Workshops - We are able to run basic workshops in the venue (or nearby) as a way to familiarise audiences with circus. Please note that workshops can be tailored to suit different needs, age groups and abilities.
What is this?
|Theatre formats||Black box, Flat floor, Hall, Outdoor raised stage, Thrust, Speigeltent (stage)|
|Bump in (hours)||4|
|Bump out (hours)||1|
Currently acquiring a lighting design
Powerful, full frequency range, good coverage system for rre-recorded music played from CueLab on Mac (auxiliary input required)
Spaghetti straps rigged from a single point at a minimum of 6 metres. Point must be rigged by a qualified rigger from a minimum 1 tonne safe working load truss/beam. Point should centre stage or as close as possible. The performers who are trained aerialists carry out all the mid show rigging. Depending on the set up of the venue the bump in may take longer and/or we may need the assistance of a venue rigger. If each venue can send a copy of the venue layout we can tell them in advance if the rigging is going to be complicated enough to need more time/riggers.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 4||Height: 5.5|
|Depth: 4||Wing space: 1|
All set and props can be transported by plane in oversize luggage. Ground travel should accomodate for 5 people and 10 large - oversize pieces of luggage