An Evening of Instability in 2008 was a show of seven unstable solos, and a song.
The ever-patient Lindsey Butcher (in as much as she has spent many hours subjected to my design whims) attempts to negotiate the frightening inconsistencies that was MetaCentric. One of those projects that were never afforded the means to mature and as a result was never really finished. We performed a work in progress version and unfortunately did not get to re-visit the research. I would love to return to the proposition of huge wobble boards.
Natalie Reckert is an extraordinary handbalancer and I absolutely loved working with her. One of my favourite pieces I have made was her Handstand speech , which was different every time she performed it. When we were testing out her voice on a radio mike at Skylight Circus’ old premises in Rochdale the frequency interfered with the Bingo Hall next door. They came over to complain that instead of numbers their customers were hearing a German voice describing ants scuttling about on the soles of her feet and that her shoulders had sharp blades cutting through them.
This was the first time I had worked with dancer Claire Cunningham and we have since worked together a fair bit. We share a nerdy interest in balance, the floor, the use of weight-bearing objects and many other things. For Evening of Instability we attempted to record Claire’s observation of the floor in her own home, mapping out the patterns and rituals of movement in such a familiar place. We barely scratched the surface of what we wanted to explore.
We made two shorts pieces with Juggler (and Slack Rope artist) Chris Patfield. A very short tightwire game, played with how long an audience might be engaged in watching someone try and keep their balance. The other, pictured here, became a sound piece using an excess of buckets, a rickety rig and tin objects that Chris tried to manoeuvre himself with. We loaded him up with too much to deal with. During rehearsal Chris went nearly insane rattling and crashing and falling.
Ringmaster Matt Rogers. An Evening of Instability sought to investigate the potential of instability as a choreographic tool and the phenomenon of it in circus performance. The title for the show came from a conversation with a friend who had had a dream the night before that it was National Instability Day.
This was the last (third) piece choreographed on the wheel prop that I had designed in about 2002, initially as a free-standing prop to support two performers, inspired by notions of tension and tensile structures. (As usual, I went quite far off the brief). Here, Jeni Barnard is performing Sway – a constant renegotiation of balance and suspension.