This autumn Jacksons Lane puts female artists at the forefront. In an industry still fraught with gender imbalance, this season is packed with bold, disruptive and feminist work by the world’s most thrilling circus artists and theatre-makers. Three shows – Raven, Lola and Thunder Road – are exclusively written, directed and performed by women; every show but one has a female protagonist, and female directors and performers outnumber male equivalents.
Award-winning director and artist Bryony Kimmings teams up with Still Hungry, a collective of highly celebrated Berlin aerialists, for season opener Raven. Sick of being called “Rabenmutter”, a German term for neglectful and selfish mothers, they use stunning aerial skills, intimate spoken word and a pulsating soundtrack to confront often-unspoken issues around 21st-century motherhood. Kimmings, making her circus directorial debut, lends her signature biting wit and emotive punch in this captivating piece’s only UK performances.
Jacksons Lane’s status as the UK’s leading supporter of contemporary circus is manifested both in Lola – a startling and original mix of tightwire and aerial circus by Finnish artist Hanna Moisala and Greek performer Angeliki Nikolakaki – and, next, in Knot, a beautiful, funny and tragic show about partnership and sexuality by Nikki & JD, two of the world’s most compelling hand-to-hand artists and circus storytellers…
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