Direct from a sold out season at the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival and set to feature at this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival, new circus performance Mothlight will play the Judith Wright Centre from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 February 2011.

Multi-award winning Melbourne acrobat and performance maker Skye Gellmann, who premiered Mothlight to critical acclaim at last year’s Brisbane Festival as part of Under the Radar, says audiences can expect an intense theatrical experience.

“We wanted to create a dramatic counterpoint to traditional circus, and Mothlight basically turns traditional circus inside out,” Gellmann said.

“The audience is led into a dimly lit space carved out by the stretched strands of a spider web. Both the performers and audience are caught in the web, left to explore a space where the physical extremes of acrobatics meet the intimacy of theatre. The fact that the audience is wandering around the space is exciting and intense; it adds an element of danger to the performance and opens up new possibilities for interplay between the performers and the audience.

“From a logistical perspective the wandering audience was also a challenge. When we created the show, safety was our greatest concern, but we have made great efforts to ensure the performance is safe for the audience.”

Renowned for his brand of new circus, Skye Gellmann has won Melbourne Fringe Festival Awards for "Best Circus” (2007), "Emerging Circus Artist” (2007) and "The Village Award for Most Outstanding Production" (2008). Most recently, Gellmann won "Feat of physical astonishment (Best Circus/Physical-theatre Production)" for Retinal Damage (2010). Brisbane audiences will be familiar with Skye Gellmann from Circa’s New Circus Now (Judith Wright Centre, 2008) and Scattered Tacks (Brisbane Powerhouse, 2009).

In Mothlight, circus artists Skye Gellmann and Naomi Francis use the symbolism of moths and their relationship with the light to creatively explore the human mind and body. Co-creator and performer Skye Gellmann says he is looking forward to returning to Brisbane for the Mothlight season.

“Brisbane has a really strong and performance making community,” he said. “We enjoy performing to Brisbane audiences and the city has always offered us really good opportunities.”

Mothlight features as part of The Brink Program, an initiative of Judith Wright Centre and Circa, supported by Arts Queensland. The Brink is a celebration of Australia's newest and most exciting circus companies.

"It is intense, confusing and amazing in a way which you would and would not expect. It is for anyone looking for something a little different." Critical Mass

“…it's like Skye has boiled away all the extraneous elements of physical performance to focus on the heart of circus.”
Richard Watts (Radio 3RRR)

Venue: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

Dates:  2-4/02/11

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