‘Circuit’ arrived at The Lowry Theatre this weekend for a string of visual performances that explored topics like; black excellence, human connection and astronomy.
‘Circuit’ at The Lowry Theatre consisted of 3 performances; First, Humanhood: Sphere, the exploration of astronomy through dance. Secondly, Ockhams Razor: Together, a piece about the human desire for connection. Lastly, Joseph Toonga: Born to Protest, a hip-hop dance piece curated by Joseph to highlight black excellence.
It was a chilly day outside The Lowry on Sunday when I arrived signs were confirming the meetup spot for the open-air performance. A member of The Lowry team met us outside and took our booking names encouraging us to keep socially distanced whilst we waited at the meeting point before telling us a bit about how the show was going to run.
Like its name, the show ran as a circuit all around the back of the theatre we were led to different stages.
The first performance was Sphera, from Humanhood, consisting of two co-artistic directors Rudi Cole and Julia Robert. The performance saw the pair of dancers performing smooth and eloquent movements that integrated concepts from physics and astronomy.
I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting to see from this visual dance performance delving into the exploration of astronomy. Admittedly, for the first few minutes, I was quite confused as to what they were portraying exactly. That feeling soon went away when they began to move and integrate themselves. What I enjoyed the most was how it was evident how passionate and determined the dancers were, their facial expressions throughout the performance were so strong.
The second performance Ockhams Razor: Together, a piece that explored the human desire for connection brought to us by 3 artistic directors Alex Harvey, Charlotte Mooney & Tina Koch. On their website, Ockams Razor describes themselves as an aerial theatre company that combines circus and visual theatre.
Arriving at the next stage we were met with a man in a transparent box Alex Harvey. He was looking around him curiously before she began to move. His movements were so impressive and showed how much strength he had as he manoeuvred his body around the box, from supporting himself on his feet, sliding down the box even rotating his body to be upside down.
Alex one of the artistic directors portrayed a man yearning for freedom. Alex was trapped yearning for a human connection. During the performance, another performer appeared. he performed aerial stunts and poses on the pole outside of the box. It was a journey of desire and longing for real connection.
The two performers mirrored teach other movements travelling further up the box and pole to meet each other. They pressed their hands against the box meeting each other in real desperation to feel. The performance ended how both the performers and audience wanted it to, with Alex finding he was out of the box and the pair moving down the pole aerially before they connected outside the box freely being able to touch one another. It was a stunning portrayal of desire for human connection, exploring loneliness, becoming free and the fight.
Lastly was probably the most throught provoking performance of the day, Born To Protest. Four lads exploring Black Excellence. Sitting on the steps they appeared around the corner and my first thought was these lads are just cool. They oozed charisma and charm. The performance began with them dancing and singing to upbeat music. They were real crowd-pleasers connecting with the audience pointing to members and making us laugh and feel joy.
They then began portraying the vulnerability black men are forced to feel due to the untrue representation of them still very apparent in our society today. in the performance, these untrue representations are dismantled and we see the men portraying their need to prove themselves against stereotypes and constant battle to be treated as equals.
The men in the performance were fantastic, they moved and performed it really touched the audience. They were so full of energy, emotion, power and strength. They made me feel everything, from joy to anger to upset. It was the most through provoking performance I have ever seen. I would encourage anyone with an opportunity to see it to certainly take it.
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