AT FIRST SIGHT
NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts), 2009.
DIRECTOR: Gavin Robins
SET DESIGNER: Tanja Beer
COSTUME DESIGNER: Emily Barrie
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Gina Gascoigne
PHOTOGRAPHER: Martin Philbey
Performed at NICA,
Melbourne, Australia 2009
At First Sight was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production 2009.
Set against an ever changing projected apartment block, At First Sight tells the story of the visual, physical and emotional aspects of love’s journey. The performers use the entire stage, taking the action from tumbling and spinning across the ground to running up the vertical walls of the apartment block.
"….a series of vignettes, the stage (is) dominated by a huge scaffold fashioned into an apartment block where the audience sees into one room at a time. It’s a device used to great effect, with moving images projected onto the scaffold that engage with the story as it unfolds. The inspired decision to use a dynamic backdrop results in the feeling that the stage is almost as alive as the performers, a sense that is aided by a relentless procession of performers on trapezes, climbing and twisting in ropes, running up and down walls and engaging in all manner of aerial acrobatics"
Australian Stage Online
"At First Sight is a perfect marriage of the physical prowess of circus arts, theatrical drama and truly innovative design. Acrobatics, mime, clowning, rope and tissue work, trapeze, magic and illusion; it’s all there, set against an ever changing projected apartment block."
"…images of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and the Broadway hit West Side Story.. 60’s Retro chic styling is paired perfectly with Mambo, romantic classical and contemporary compositions. The result is a spell binding and original offering amongst Australia’s circus arts." www.samesame.com.au