The Mechanical Animal Corporation received Lab:time funding from Circus Space earlier this year:
“Experimenting with The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert, we aimed to explore the dense religious visions within this text through a combination of acrobatics, dance and song. We settled on one passage in which Anthony sees a vast banquet hall. This is a text about a man who is tempted by the devil, and refuses to let go of his beliefs despite being taken to the edge of madness. The deeper thematic aim behind this is to look at the psychology of religious fundamentalism through movement and song.
Funding from Lab:time has allowed me to take a vital first step in envisaging and staging a small piece. As always, at the beginning of a piece, there are so many options for a piece. Lab:time helped me narrow my focus and have a solid basis of material that works. What I’m also able to see now, which I couldn’t see before this R&D, is how other circus techniques might be used. Partly through working with acro, a whole aerial dimension was opened up for us and I’m now planning on potentially using trapeze work. This R&D has therefore been useful in considering where this Saint Anthony project might stand in the context of contemporary circus.” Tom Bailey
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