from 9 – 11th February, 8pm

What the Circus? Is a theatre show which dissects the form and performance of circus: an exploration of the genre and those that live and work in it: questioning what it is, why we perform it and why we enjoy watching it.
A glimpse behind the Lycra, muscles and red noses to reveal what is hidden underneath.
A multidisciplinary collaboration creating a multi-sensory and provocative piece that questions circus and its place in the performance art scene.
Three performers will deconstruct the realities of everyday circus life; their stories and experiences, bodies and injuries and then re-construct to build new landscapes of the epic, theatrical, animal and fundamental. What the Circus? Is an investigation of circus and its’ potential. Using its heightened form to explore big questions about ourselves, our relationships with each other and the world: how we observe and judge, what we expect and how our experiences mould us as performer, audience and human. It is an attempt to redefine how we watch, understand and appreciate the form and a celebration the people that work and in it.
Artistic Director of Flight, Sarah Calver: “I’m really excited to be back creating work in East Anglia and Norwich and with its growing theatre and circus scene it is the perfect place to premiere What the Circus? It is a beautiful part of the country and the relaxed, cheerful atmosphere of the city and friendliness and warmth of people creates a really good and productive working environment for us, plus we are supported by The Garage and Lost in Translation Circus who have welcomed us and made us feel at home in their spaces. I’m looking forward to next week and seeing how Norwich likes our show!”
Director Sarah Calver is a Suffolk girl, originally from Halesworth. She was involved from a young age in theatre and drama groups in the area, firstly in Laxfield and then at The Cut Halesworth and Theatre Royal Norwich. She left Suffolk to train at drama schools in Paris and London and has been working in theatre as a performer, director and writer since then. She is now based in Berlin but returns to the UK regularly to make work.

Devised and performed by Antonio Harris (Chinese Pole), George Fuller (Clown), Maddie McGowan (Aerial Rope) the show is at The Garage from Thursday until Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets for WHAT THE CIRCUS? can be reserved by calling The Garage Box Office on 01603 598646 or by visiting http://www.thegarage.org.uk/event/what-circus
Show trailer: https://vimeo.com/201431626
What the Circus? Is supported by The Roundhouse (London) The Garage and The Oak/LIT (Norwich). Further supported by Jacksons Lane (London), New Cut Arts (Halesworth) and Cambridge Junction. This project is funded by Arts Council England.