We have some exciting projects in the pipeline, take a peek and have a look what’s next in the world of Ockham’s Razor.
BELLY OF THE WHALE - available for touring from spring 2018
A show for 3 physical performers, 1 live musician and a giant see-saw:
Image by Mark Dawson Photography
Premiere performances 2018
Sat 30 June
Watford Palace Theatre, Watford
Sun 8 July
Basingstoke Festival, War Memorial Park
Sat 4 & Sun 5 August
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Sat 11 August
The Albany, Deptford
Thurs 16 August
Millfield Theatre, Edmonton, North London
Sun 26 & Mon 27 August
Lift Off! The opening weekend of Wiltshire Creative – Salisbury
Sat 8 September
Bell Square, Watermans
Sat 15 & Sun 16 September
Out There International Festival of Street Arts, Great Yarmouth
Ockham’s Razor take our trademark of creating exciting and touching physical theatre on new pieces of circus equipment to the streets. For our first ever production specifically for the outdoors the creative team designed a giant half-circular see-saw structure.
Tipped on its side it can turn into a corde lisse rig, balanced equally the other end of the rope can be clipped in to turn it into a rocking slackrope structure. Choreographed on and around this multifaceted set the show will feature Ockham’s Razor’s signature blend of circus skills, humour and breath taking moments of risk.
The performers, like surfers on a wild sea, will ride a giant semi-circular see-saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a gently rocking cradle, a tunnel, a slide - creating an ever changing land and soundscape.
The concept of the belly of the whale is found in mythology around the world - what happens when we confront our fears and come face to face with the power and momentum of things we seemingly can’t change?
Here are a couple of short clips we are releasing on social media.
Project leader: Tina Koch (joint artistic director, Ockham’s Razor)
Original equipment idea: Tina Koch and Stefano Di Renzo
Structural engineer: Thomas Loriaux
Costume design: Tina Bicat
Sound design: Gabriele Pierro
Producers: Turtle Key Arts
Duration: approx. 40 mins
Audience: suitable for all ages, medium scale
Showtime: suitable for day or nighttime performance
Technical: We need a flat and even surface (no slope) of 10m width x 7m depth
Belly of the Whale will premiere in spring 2018 as part of Circulate and will be available for touring throughout the UK in 2018, Europe in 2019 and worldwide as part of our repertoire in 2020.
What you have, hold - Proverb.
Research and Development 2018. Available Spring/Summer 2019.
To hold - to possess, to control, to rule, to detain, to grasp, to protect, to foster, to cherish, to keep watch over; to continue in existence or action; to keep back from action.
Hold is a piece of circus theatre which explores perceptions of strength and age and the deep bonds and rifts between generations with a cast spanning from 11 - 65.
We are interested in the immense transformations in a lifetime – how at each age our physicality and perceptions radically shift. How we are strong, wise, foolish, weak and exuberant in different ways at different times in our lives. We are interested in how age is read – how strong we perceive ourselves to be and how the world sees us; the assumptions that are hurled upon our bodies. We are interested in what lies between – what the old and young can bring to each other. And we are interested in families – the place where different generations bump up against each other.
The show will feature an aerialist is their 60s, a couple in their 30's, a child of 11 and an original piece of circus equipment: a frame and sling which act as part trapeze, part cradle or perch. It is a simple yet incredibly versatile design. It can hang an inch from the floor - be a still doorway or a swing travelling the full length of the stage. It can be counter weighted and manipulated to create a little world of windows, thresholds and ledges. It can be pulled right up to the grid to create a precariously high trapeze or cradle. And it can be all the distances in between. With it we can play with the risk and beauty of a body suspended high in the air and the delicacy of being close to the ground. It also offers multiple basing positions so that we can create fluid and interchanging doubles, triples and quadruples work and the possibility for inventive, new circus choreography on the floor and in the air.
Already from our research we have discovered the huge potential in the clashing rhythms and energies of different ages. We are finding the joy and tension in the generations interacting so physically and discovering how moving it is to see an older parent lift and carry their grown child, and how they in turn might hold and be held by their young child : the cycles of choreography within a family.
This show continues our commitment to using the imagery of circus to create genuine, thrilling and moving theatre; trademark innovative design alongside compelling stories
TIPPING POINT & new out-door show BELLY OF THE WHALE
Tipping Point won the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus at Edinburgh Festival 2016.
Watch the promo film of our new show Tipping Point, currently on tour.