Week 1 of Wunderage rehearsals has been a dream. It has been a long long term dream to have a tightwire company with artists Kane Peterson and Jessica McCrindle. We have made some great wire pieces over the past 10 years together but have also been consumed in other projects and living far from each other so the dream always seemed to be on hold. The past 2 years have been big for both them and I in our personal lives so Wunderage brewing in the background has always kept a little dream glowing. So much has gone into getting us through this first week, from design, rigging, training, skill but most of all putting the right team of people together. A team that can make, create, focus and most of all support and respect each other. As a director this week it felt I there was little work to do as so much had been done to get us to here. So looking forward to what comes up for us all next week. Thank you Circus Oz, Thank you Company2 artists, thank you to Teisha and Aquilla for your love for the kids and thank you to my dear friends and long term wire buddies Kane and Jess.
Today we launch Wunderage. A new work and exciting creative partnership with Circus Oz, co-directed by Circus Oz director Rob Tannon and our Company 2 Director and artists Chelsea McGuffin . Keep an eye out for Chelsea McGuffin’s director notes and some insight into the process and development.
"The mayor of Montréal opened the 2018 Montréal Completement Cirque Festival with a speech that lauded the city as “la capitale mondiale du cirque” –the world capital of circus.
"The world capital. A rousing sentiment for sure, but it gave me pause. Perhaps it’s true right now, but will Montréal hold this title forever? Or is another rising superpower waiting in the wings to usurp the empire? Just biding its time, gathering its forces until the time is right to flex some muscle and take its rightful place as the jewel in the crown of the international circus scene?
"I’m talking, of course, about Australia. ..."
Well it's been a while between posts. Attempting to do too many jobs at once, and unfortunately some get left behind...
At any rate I thought if there's someone reading this, they should know that we won an Award!
Well done to all, especially; Alice Muntz, Chelsea McGuffin, Skip Walker-Milne, Dan Black and John Carberry. Big thanks to Franc Minniti, After Dark theatre and the team at Gasworks.
Photo's by Brigitte Brand
Back at the Fringe in Adelaide with the latest version of Scotch and Soda, some great new cast members and new music. Quitely confident but also apprehensive about how it would be received second time around. And then, 5 x 5 star reviews in a row, could you believe it. Quite outstanding.
Thinking of some ways to combine bike and pole. Skip's brother suggested that we try riding the bike with a pole on the shoulder.
Back in 1937 they didn't mess around. "Pole on a bike, no, let's put a bike on a pole"
It's an excerpt from some great archival footage of early circus. You can see the full clip here;
A great series of shots from photographer Martin Ollman
We had a great time up at Woodfordia in late October for our first week of development for Perched. We head back up there in early December to continue development.
We had a great time at the Dublin Fringe, the audiences here were great. Hope we can come back again soon!
That's right folks, in case you missed it, there was a special performance at Madonna's Birthday by the one and only Chelsea McGuffin. Not only this but afterwards Chelsea was posted on Madonna's instagram and twitter feeds with the tag #bitchyourinmygang !! I think that means she is cool ;)
What a blast, what a crazy festival, over 400,000 people go to this island on the Danube over 5 days. Was great to be back here after 8 years, hope to be back next year!! http://szigetfestival.com/
Today was our first full rehearsal with new member Tim Stocker. He will be replacing Matthew Ottignon for our season in Dublin. He's 7ft tall and from Albury, would you believe it! We found him here in London and now he's coming to join the team. Great work today Tim.
Turnback Tuesday, I don't think that's even a thing. But I needed a title to this post, thinking about our development time coming to London. Getting a chance to work with Serhiy Abeshiv was an absolute honour, even if it were only for a few days. I hope we can do it again soon!
Tonight we did our 50th show at the London Wonderground on Southbank! Congrats to all the team, a milestone indeed. There were a few extra's in the audience tonight because one of the other shows onsite got cancelled, and so they popped in to see us! So it was great to have a packed house.
Here we are, back stage, preshow, in the tech corner. This is the colorful corner the tent crew have created for themselves. They have all been great, big thanks to Rein, Terri, Tom, Fyvie and all the crew.