s.o.l.o - Situations of Ones Life's Obsessions Free
Posted by: Simon-James Reynolds
Posted on: June 10, 2021
Category: Show with touring date
Type: In Person
s.o.l.o depicts a life.
The moments that we all collectively share. The emotions that we have all felt, instances that have changed our
path and opportunities won or lost that have created the person we are today. But every decision, every failure,
every accomplishment in every minute, even if surrounded by an abundance of people, were experienced; solo.
s.o.l.o, a show that I would have never thought that I would write, but the world stopped and I had time to hear
what my heart wanted to say.
A life lived. Moments. Memories. A child becomes an adult. Lessons learnt. Mistakes made. Emotions are forced
to be felt. Sometimes you fall. Sometimes you fly. Achievements. Goals. Failure. All to the beat of time. Like an
endless march. Forever.
s.o.l.o is my story. Moments of my life that I want to share with the world; the good, the inspirational, the
ugly and the moments that I thought that it was too much. I want people to hear my story, see the
struggles that I have endured and to know that there is a beautiful future for all of us; as long as you’re
willing to persist, try and never give up.
Audiences of s.o.l.o are taken back to my childhood, through the events that I have lived as a growing teenager
into the man that stands before them. In doing so, my moments will spark memories from within their own
history; allowing the audience to be whisked away into their own past. Reliving the wonderful moments, the
stressful periods and the times, they too, almost gave up.
But I am not special, we all have shared similar life experiences. and s.o.l.o is an ode to life, a life that we have
all experienced in our own unique way. Each one of us having hopes and dreams, aspirations and failures, the
moments of doubt or focus. Each achievement celebrated but with every failure we grow and learn. Our life is
filled with different situations that we have fanatically obsessed over; s.o.l.o is my tale of my obsessions that I
hope the audience can relate to within their own.
These stories are told behind a scrim that can be used to project images and movies between scene but also
will be used as a “second performer” to help emphasise emotion, mood and/or story.
There are three stories that are being presented. The animations on the scrim, the “reality” that occurs on the
stage and the story that the audience member creates in their mind from the feeling of what they are seeing.
Handstands, tumbling, tightwire, aerial pole, aerial slings are all performed behind a scrim.
The stage is quite minimalistic starting with just a bench that sits in the space, but with each of the chapters
unravelling the stage is filled with the props and apparatuses used in the piece, as a reminder of the past that
has been lived and what you learnt in that moment.
Each of the chapters (and the acts they present) are reference to a past act that I have performed, and, just like
a time capsule, hold a piece of me that was actually living in this time. s.o.l.o is me opening this time capsule
and allowing each of the emotions, experiences and lessons learnt be spilled onto the stage so that the
audience can find themselves in their own memories experiencing something that is theirs but inspired by what
Date: Apr. 09, 2022
Apr. 09, 2022
Location: PREMIERE: De Werf
Belgium PREMIERE: De Werf