|Cie Animotion - Transmission15 at Jacksons Lane|
At Jacksons Lane I was meeting up with friends, Fola and her daughter Jaja, who were coming back to ours for the weekend. We bumped into each other on the tube, always a good sign, and arrived laughing and a touch out of breath at the theatre with a minute's grace. There we saw Cie Animotion's beautiful exploration of the dynamics of relationships and range of emotions through aerial dance, acrobatics and a touch of tango, set to awesome electronics and live music. There are five more Transmission dates happening. Tickets are £5 a head, for an incredible opportunity to see circus projects in early stages and listen to the artists talk about their ideas for development. It's a two-way street as well - feedback forms are given out at the end and there is the opportunity to chat.
We also found the Jacksons Lane team well-versed in the quickest way to get to their friends at Stratford Circus, and, so encouraged, Fola, Jaja and I decided to go for it and leg it to the Open House, arriving in the nick of time. Why was I so determined to go and see NoFit State there? Well, I'd first seen their show Bianco a couple of years ago, and remembering it in a post (click here: Chapter 9: NoFit State) led me into contact with fount-of-all-knowledge Kate Kavanagh of The Circus Diaries, and to discover NoFit State's social agenda, running programmes of outreach that extend both to their local community in Cardiff and further afield (see the involvement of NFS creative director Ali Williams with Chapter 20 - Circus Kathmandu). For me, such a company really is the heart of circus.
We joined the crowd - not a circus audience per se, but the Stratford community - rolling up to a street show, and I'm sure many had no idea what to expect. So full credit to the compere for introducing them to the NoFit State experience, encouraging them to follow the action round and then join in. And to the performers, constantly engaging and drawing the public into their space, forging a new community bond in the process.
|Our Juggling Routine Class|
So roll up, roll up - the sun is shining and the darling buds of August are blooming here!