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Becoming Shades

BY CHIVAREE CIRCUS

Performance. 25th – 29th Jan, 21:00, £20.

Bringing together live music, aerial acrobatics, fire, dance and mime, Becoming Shades is a story of empowerment, love and choices: a re-imagining of the classic myth of Persephone told through contemporary circus.

“One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”
James Joyce – The Dead

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Bringing together live music, aerial acrobatics, fire, dance and mime, Becoming Shades is a story of empowerment, love and choices: a re-imagining of the classic myth of Persephone told through contemporary circus.

“One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”
James Joyce – The Dead

Bringing together live music, aerial acrobatics, fire, dance and mime, Becoming Shades is a story of empowerment, love and choices: a re-imagining of the classic myth of Persephone told through contemporary circus. Fragments, movements and tableaus, references and costume combine to create a show that is full of hope and sorrow. A dream, a memory, an echo; this shifting, cyclical tale creates an emotional tapestry of ideas and impressions that make up a dark and cerebral journey.
Whilst, the original myth portrays the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades – which brings about the birth of the seasons – this re-telling subverts the power structure and places Persephone in the centre of a story she controls, leading to her true realisation as The Queen of Shades. This is a dark immersive circus show, with great emphasis placed on the original music which features rich interplays of vocal harmonies and a combination of live acoustic instruments and darker electronic sounds.

First presented in 2016 at the Postcards Festival, the show has now been adapted into an immersive promenade format especially for Vault festival 2017. Expect aerialists hanging from above you, performers to appear from the darkest corners and to be taken down the river Styx to join those lost in the underworld.

Formed in early 2012 by Edward Gosling and Laurane Marchive, Chivaree is a circus production company that have performed across the UK, Europe, Middle East and North Africa. At the centre of their work is a fascination with beauty and how it can be created through aesthetic and performance. Heavily inspired by literature, they look to create stories and ideas through movement and costume. They have previously created shows for major international festivals, performed at some of the most hedonistic parties and club nights in London and have broken world records live on stage.
Edward Gosling – Producer – Object manipulation
Laurane Marchive – Director
Sam West – Music composition and performance
Becks Johnstone – Music composition and performance
Abnormalik – Physical theatre / mime artist
Rosie Bartley – Object manipulation
Jessica Pearce – Object Manipulation
Rebecca Rennison – Aerial
Tyrone Herlihy – Aerial
James Farrimond – Technical

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