We have been super busy here at Molly Orange in the past couple of months creating our new show PUB! which we premiered at the Brixton City Festival on August 11th. We’re really pleased with the new piece and are just putting finishing touches on video footage so you can see what we’ve been up to. Big thanks to the Circus House in Manchester, the Arts Council and Ovalhouse for supporting us in creating this new work, and we look forward to touring in summer 2017. In the meantime I’m heading back to Oz for winter touring in their summer and Owen will be working hard at the Circus House. Cheers!
Tomorrow I embark on a fantastic journey to Australia where I will be cataloguing the opportunities on offer for Circus and Street Artists. Think of it as a carnie trip advisor. Funded by Arts Council England and the British Council and hosted by Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association I will be heading to major cities Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to meet companies, train in new spaces and see what performance opportunities are out there for UK artists.
You can follow my journey at http://www.carniedownunder.wordpress.com
The clocks go back, winter is coming and as with a lot of outdoor performers this is the time of year where we plant new ideas, explore different ways of working and develop as artists. This Autumn I have been busy at Orange HQ doing just that.
In September I enjoyed a very valuable week with the NASA Outdoor Arts Lab exploring text and writing narrative for 5 days. It was so great to explore this in more depth, having trained in visual and physical practice I have long since had an anxiety about creating from the written word. Here I explored a host of different starting points and techniques and feel like any new work I create will be the better for it.
I have been working with friends and colleagues Circo Rum Ba Ba on their new show, Dress Up for Christmas which will be touring Wales in December. I am switching from acrobatic flyer to base which is an exciting prospect! Tour dates will appear here soon.
I was delighted to present a new piece in collaboration with Visual Artist Natasha Cossey at Bloomsbury Festival in London last Friday 23rd October. We created a 3 hour installation in a hairdressers’ shop window, pictured above. It was a roaring success and we are plotting to take “Stain on Satin” on tour next year.
We are delighted to announce that Owen and I will be pitching for new show P.U.B at the ISAN Critical Mass Conference and Ideas Summit in November. We are looking for commissioning partners to develop the piece ready for May 2016.
What a summer it has been. Lots of new collaborations going on with Bureau of Silly Ideas, Emergency Exit Arts and Red Herring.
I had a cracking weekend flying the Molly Orange flag at one of my favourite festivals- Devizes in Wiltshire. Safetycatch did some filming for me and I made a little one minute trailer of the show. You can see it here!
Since performing at the international musical saw festival I have taken up residency in an artist loft in New York and have created new act A Woman Scorned: Girl with One Eye which premiered this weekend as part of Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn, hosted by Brooklyn Wildlife and local artist Christoph Carr.
Check out the new show page and video.
I hope you like it! It’s a bit of a departure from the borrowers…
This weekend I attended the 11th annual international musical saw festival in New York, where I performed a section of one-woman show Step Ball Change. It was a roaring success and I had a great time so a big thanks to Natalia Peruz aka the Saw Lady for organising the event. In other news I’ve been making friends with acro group at new circus space the Muse in Brooklyn, and am going to visit the Superhero Store for some inspiration about their outreach projects in the next couple of days.
Having completed our intensive training with the amazing Polichinelo Circus and a sell out acro convention last month, we are gearing up for the summer season at Orange HQ.
This week we are at the National Centre for Circus working with Joli Vyann on a new piece combining contemporary dance, contact improvisation and my favourite oversized prop the walking globe.
We are also premiering the new collaboration TEAvolution! with Emergency Exit Arts this weekend at The Lounge in Roehampton.
Other gigs coming up include Little Wonder at GeronimoFest on 23,24,25th May at Tatton Park. Rock on!