World Premiere: October 2015, Harlow Playhouse, UK
- Duration approx. 60 min, no interval
Five performers, surrounded by the audience. They’re up close. Almost dangerously close. They’re handling metre-long metal rods, using them to form a variety of images: Forests, crossings, labyrinths are created through the strength of their bodies, their almost tangible concentration and fascinating momentum. The performers balance these rods, swinging them through the air and swinging from them, constantly discovering new ways of dealing with their material. They challenge themselves, testing their limits, supporting each other in an constantly changing environment – and finally approach that fragile state of hovering between upholding order and craving the loss of control, between the plunge and the ascendance: the Tipping Point.
Aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor was founded in 2004 and is one of Britain’s most famous and successful circus companies. Their name is taken from a scholastic research principle attributed to the medieval philosopher William of Ockham. It says that of many possible explanations referring to one and the same issue, the simplest one is always to be preferred. Ockham’s Razor act according to this principle and concentrate on a clear, reduced language of form. Their combination of circus arts, visual and physical theatre and the soundtracks composed specifically for their shows have been presented on tour throughout Britain, Europe and Australia.
“Tipping Point” is the winner of the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Devised and directed by Tina Koch, Charlotte Mooney (Ockham’s Razor)
Devised and performed by Nich Galzin Alex Harvey, Emily Nicholl, Telma Pinto, Steve Ryan
Musical composition Adem Ilhan & Quinta
Equipment design Ockham’s Razor
Costume design Tina Bicat
Lighting design Phil Supple
Company stage manager Sophie Postlethwaite