“I woke to find myself in a dark wood, Where the right road was wholly lost and gone.” – Dante
CRASH is a tale of love, danger and mystery, featuring heart-stopping acrobatics, astounding aerial dance and eerie balletic pieces to a lyrical electronic soundtrack. Inspired by the 19th-century French ballet La Sylphide, CRASH is a retelling of this European folktale through impressionist, mixed media pop-conceptual circus.
This new show in the round comes from the award-winning team that brought Becoming Shades to VAULTS earlier this year. Audiences will be taken on a journey through a compelling emotional landscape of circus, dance and beautiful atmospheric soundscapes.
‘Setting the pace in the London circus scene this is a show that demonstrates Chivaree will not rest on their laurels and will continue to push boundaries in circus’ (London Theatre 1).
CRASH is a shadow blinking at twilight, the hint of a love that was never meant to be, where shadows breathe and dance amongst the trees. When a mysterious woodland creature appears to a man on the morning of his wedding day, he can’t resist following her. Their love is immortal for true love conquers all. Or does it? When the forest comes alive, who is to say what is real and what is not? Who can you really trust in the moonlight? Who is the hunter and who is the prey?
Creators Laurane Marchive and Edward Gosling comment, Following the success of Becoming Shades earlier this year, Chivaree continue their exploration of the position of women in classical stories. 100 years since the first women achieved the right to vote, CRASH examines the trope of female characters and upends them tearing down existing narratives and building new ones.
Chivaree is known for their spectacular combination of high impact circus, dramatic aesthetics and powerful visual narratives. Their last sell-out production Becoming Shades ran for two months from January to March 2018, winning an innovation award and being nominated for an Off-West End Award. Originally founded in 2012, Chivaree has since performed across the UK, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Narrative concept/Creative Producer Edward Gosling
Creative Producer Ilai Szpiezak
Concept/Producer/Director Laurane Marchive
Composer/Musician Sam West
Composer/Musician Sarah Hezen
Costume Designer Black Lune
Performance Dates 28th, 29th November and 12th, 13th, 19th 20th, 22nd December 2018
Running time 1 hour
Location Winterville, Clapham Common, London SW4 9DE