Kilter One Fell Swoop Circus
Genre: Outdoor installation
For ages: All ages
Contact : Charice Rust
"Stark yet beautiful, Kilter demonstrates a keen intelligence at play behind the ropes and rocking apparatus…an accomplished, engaging and beautiful circus work." Four stars: ★★★★ Richard Watts – ArtsHub
Developed from a stage show presented at Theatre Works in 2018, Kilter is an outdoor circus and light installation piece perfect for outdoor festivals and space activations. Kilter takes over a local space and transforms it into a living installation of light sculpture, arcs of rolled steel, and the hauntingly beautiful sounds of ORCHA, Melbourne’s violinist beatsmith. Celebrating the fragility of putting one foot in front of the other, Kilter is a brave new work at the cutting edge of contemporary circus and installation art. Kilter incorporates concepts from the physics of balance together with ideas described in Albert Camus’ essay The Myth of Sisyphus. The piece brings the mechanics of our apparatus and acrobatic research to the fore, and gives the audience an appreciation of the rich semantic web of how circus relates to life: the balance in motion, tipping points, clarity in focus, and the precariousness of being still in turbulence. ORCHA’s live score creates a universe of unique sounds made entirely by the violin, nestled together with his luminescent vocal style, rich beats and a moody ambience, which combine fluidly with both the acrobatics and light sculpture.
Marketing selling points
- Innovative circus apparatus 6m long x 4m high, made of two arcs of round steel which tips and rocks while performers balance on it - High level acrobatics - Live light sculpture that highlights the setting whilst interacting with the apparatus; visually stunning - Beautiful live music interacting with acrobatics and light - Activates a specific space in their own town
Key audience and marketing notes
This work has appeal for a general audience accessing the arts through an outdoor festival or similar, in the style of a White Night. It is for a mainstream audience who like to engage and experience their own town, and consume arts as a way of enjoying time with family and friends. We believe in circus’ potential to engage new audiences, especially young audiences, with contemporary artforms, and to develop their knowledge and experience of art. Kilter brings together the worlds of attending an art gallery and street performance, perhaps enticing new audiences to both.
Community Engagement activities
We offer workshops for all ages in circus and acrobatics. We are experienced trainers and hold WWC checks. We can provide some basic equipment, i.e. juggling balls and other props. We also offer masterclasses in a range of circus disciplines that could tie into local circus/dance spaces for existing circus students.
What is this?
|Technical specifications||Download Now|
|Theatre formats||Outdoor space, warehouse, gallery, flat floor etc|
|Bump in (hours)||6|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
Self-contained lighting installation requiring 240V
PA system, 2 stereo DIs
7.5metre diameter flat area, non-abrasive surface
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 7.5||Height: 5.5|
|Depth: 7.5||Wing space: N/A|