Aging remains a taboo in our society and certainly within the circus world. Most acrobats stop training intensively after a certain age, just like top athletes do. How do the most perfect bodies transform? GLORIOUS BODIES highlights the process of aging in a unique way. Something that happens to all of us. Something that is, in fact, happening right now, at this very moment.
The roots of the performance can be found in partner acrobatics and movement. The focus is on the physical process of trial and error. The performance shows us the physical limits, the power of failure, the contrast between ‘wanting’ and ‘being able to’. GLORIOUS BODIES breaks down the clichés about older generations. A performance about the power of the aging body.
Concept, choreography: Piet Van Dycke
Performers: Winfried Deuling , Astrid Schöne, Det Rijven, Wybren Wouda, Paul Griffioen en Johannes Fischer
Music: Kris Auwers
Installation: Arjan Kruidhof en Arjen Schoneveld
Dramaturgy: Marie Peeters
Technique: Casper Van Overschee
Executive producer: Sam Cunningham
Coproduction: PLAN, Festival Circolo, DansBrabant, Cirklabo, Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof, PERPLX, Perpodium
Special thanks to: Miramiro
With support of: The Flemish Government, Grensverleggers/deBuren
Jonas Van Soom, coordinator CIRKLABO
GLORIOUS BODIES certainly lived up to its title, it shows what the human body is capable of and there is clearly no age on it.
Veerle Van Schoelant, artistic director 30CC
I was very impressed by the richness of the material. It was fascinating to watch this group of elderly acrobats. So virtuoso, focused but playful at the same time.