Fold: A Domestic Circus
“Fold is a work of exceptional intimacy, in which the attraction and connection between Lizotte and West is charmingly palpable.”
Richard Watts – ArtsHub
“Strong, incredibly flexible and at times, virtuosic, barely does Lizotte and West justice. Never before have I seen such an explosive display of raw talent, yet it was one that saw them both synchronise perfectly, not only with each other, but also with the abstract soundtrack.”
Prudence Clark, Blank Magazine
“From dancing with mops to wrestling with a fitted sheet, this new circus production is inventive, warm and quietly distinctive.”
Richard Watts, ArtsHub
“The audience were captivated; they laughed and they gasped. It was quite the show. The music and the lighting were just perfect; they underscored the show very beautifully, allowing plenty of space for the performance to shine. Artistry all round.”
Sophie Moeller, Lismore Echo
“Incredible!! Thank you so much NORPA for supporting artists to create such work. Beautiful is the only way to describe it.”
“Fold was an amazingly successful and a particularly endearing show. I found it exquisitely beautiful. I thought I would burst from received joy… Everything about it was polished – including the music, the lights. Awesome performances and production!”
“Mesmerising show. High skill level combined with original ideas and wonderful delivery. Highly recommend.”
Fold explores how relationships grow more complex over time. It’s relatable settings, everyday objects and common rituals transposed in to highly-skilled physical theatre.
Everyday scenes are made memorable and familiar gestures are transformed into acrobatics.
Clothes being folded as bodies and arms interweave in a complex sequence resulting in neatly stacked piles of washing. A cup of tea is acrobatically interrogated, shared and spilled.
Mopping the floor moves from domestic chore to intricate dance. A fitted bed-sheet enfolds the acrobats and transforms the scene, moving the audience from playful bedroom, to bedside care, to a funeral home.
Through this couple we experience life and death. Romance and loss. While the scenes reflect a lifetime, do these moments belong to now? Are they projections of what a lifetime together could look like?
Director & Co-Devisor Darcy Grant
Performers & Co-Devisors Mieke Lizotte and Lewie West
Dramaturg & Co-Devisor Julian Louis
Lighting Designer Karl Johnson
Original score composed and performed by Elliot Zoerner and Shenzo Gregorio.
This work was made with the seed funding support of Gravity & Other Myths, Circus Oz Fabrik Potsdam.
This production has also received artistic assistance from Wolfgang Hoffman, Anke Politz and Emma McGovern.
Image | Kate Holmes
Video | Carnival Cinema