Finland’s Race Horse Company conjures an eerie sci-fi universe, while La Compagnie 7Bis spins the Cyr wheel in metaphorical new ways. The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents Lontano + Instante from January 26 to 28 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre and January 26 to 29 online; andO’DD at the Vancouver Playhouse from February 4 and 5.
At THE PUSH INTERNATIONAL Performing Arts Festival this year, two far-flung productions thrust circus arts into surreal and exciting new realms.
O’DD conjures a surreal sci-fi universe through gravity-defying trampoline work, while Lontano + Instante’s innovations with the classic Cyr Wheel become grand metaphors for the struggle of life.
Finland’s Rauli Dahlberg, of the Espoo-based Race Horse Company, says his eerily mesmerizing solo O’DD was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s masterwork Space Odyssey 2001. Set to composer-musician Miro Mantere’s live-looping, futuristic electronic score, the performer is born bursting out from a wall of plastic wrap, and later bounces high off billowing, cloudlike sheets, often appearing to be caught in some cosmic, enigmatic void. Each innovative yet low-tech scene evokes a phase of human existence…
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Image: O’DD takes trampoline work out of this world. Photo by Minja Kaukoniemi