ANNOUNCING VOLT: WOMEN IN CIRCUS

VOLT: WOMEN IN CIRCUS

 

PRESENTED BY AUSFORM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CIRCOMEDIA AS PART OF CIRCUS CITY FESTIVAL

Wed 14 October 7:30 PM
BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

VENUE: CIRCOMEDIA

This October, in place of our regular bi-annual scratch night we bring you a very special event, VOLT: Women in Circus. We are teaming up with the seriously exciting new Circus City festival and present a discussion with focus on women in contemporary circus and a double bill of work-in-progress performances by Bristol based VOLT supported artists Maddie McGowan and Grania Pickard

Grania&Jimbob_VOLTAs usual VOLT is all about conversation, innovation, progression and having a drink and a lovely time.


 “I’m really excited about performing this piece at Volt! I’ve had the idea  swilling around my head for around a year so it’s great to have the chance to put it on stage and find out what works and what doesn’t.
The piece is about my relationship with my severely disabled and autistic brother. I have 2 weeks research and development before Volt to start testing my ideas, funded by the arts council. I will be exploring how I can use a life sized puppet, on the ground and in the air, to represent my brother and a counter-weighted trapeze to signify a park swing. Having spent so many years taking my brother to the park this seemed like the perfect setting. I can’t wait to get into the rehearsal space in September!

– Grania Pickard, VOLT Artist.

 

Wed 14 October 7:30 PM

‘He Ain’t Heavy’ – work in progress by Grania Pickard

He Ain’t Heavy depicts an autobiographical narrative using a swinging trapeze and a puppet to give you an insight into Grania’s relationship with her autistic brother. After an intensive month of research and development this will be the first showing of this exciting new work at Volt. This process has sparked a burgeoning collaboration with Alexander Hamilton-Ayres who has composed an original soundtrack for the piece. Grania hopes to raise awareness about families caring for a loved one with autism or special needs by sharing her own experiences with you. In his own words, her brother is both a ‘rat bag’ and ‘the best.’

‘Grandma’s Hands’ – work in progress by Maddie McGowan

“Two people, at the start and at the end of their lives,
bonded through blood…”
The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren can be tender, delicate, and funny, its significance changing with time. Through aerial rope, text, movement
and recorded conversations, Grandma’s Hands explores themes of biological inheritance, ageing, and what we can learn from each other across generations.

“Maddie McGowan’s aerial work hints at entrapment, desire, longing…” Exeunt magazine on Expectation, Roundhouse (London) CircusFest

“An invaluable experience for all involved. Create, attend, and ensure that this is an on-going event.” Steven Allen, VOLT Artist

“A beautifully curated piece of work. It was an honour to be a part of it because Ausform care about good, interesting work.” Lara Haworth on Ausform Micro-Fest

BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY – CLICK HERE! 

Tickets: £8/£6

Running time: 120 MINS

Age guide: 8+

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Images: Featured image: Maddie McGowan at VOLT 2014. Inline image: Grania Pickard with her puppet Jimbob

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