The entrance to a lobster pot never closes; it remains open, but once inside, the lobster just can’t find its way out again. Arthropoda is a show about how we identify our traps, and if we manage to do so, how we can find ways to escape them. This gripping and visually arresting piece of circus theatre tells of the unravelling of a relationship, entangled in the psychological pitfalls of societal and systematic sexism. The piece explores the way in which toxic and abusive dynamics can remain hidden to those experiencing them, when experienced amidst the complex mass of other relationship dynamics. Through an array of stunning visual theatre and circus techniques including Cyr wheel, and aerial theatre Arthropoda navigates challenging questions about whether we can or should support a partner with dark and violent emotions, and how to identify when those emotions spill over into something altogether more dangerous.Demo Video Review from the QR
Writer, Director and Co-Production Designer: Sarah Holmes
Mentor/Dramaturge: Clive Andrews
Performers: Constanza Ruff and Lee Partridge
Co- Producers: Melanie Purdie and Nikki Kalkman
Musical Director and Musician: Bado Reti
Lighting Designer: George Tarbuck
Co-Production Designer: Ingrid Scholes
Production Stage Manager: Grace Turner
Musician: Joseph Weisberg
Deputy Stage Manager: Lucy May Wilson
Sound Technician: Lucy Planet
Image Credit: Colin Hattersley
Graphic Design: Kate George
A Wire Apart is a modern love story set in the surreal environment of our digitally connected world. Distanced by a world of wires, two lost individuals work on finding each other, but in doing so must first find themselves.
Using dance, physical theatre, tight-wire walking and original music, A Wire Apart explores the impact modern communication has on our mental health and ability to connect authentically with one another.
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Highlighting themes of choice, chance, science and mortality, an autobiographical tale about a young woman who gave her eggs. With live music and aerial choreography on plastics, Egg explores the physical distortion and discomfort of the effects of hormones on the body, and the complexity created through the use of science to make a family.Demo Video Press Links Photo Gallery
Warped asks you to stare directly into infinity and embrace the mysteries of Time. This aerial theatre production illuminates our complex relationship to our own mortality. Confronted with the inevitable death of a loved one, one man is propelled into a world of suspended gears, cranks, levers, and ropes that move and morph like the inner mechanisms of a giant clock. There he will contend with the true paradox of order and chaos in his quest to stave off Death. Join these four quirky characters in their odyssey of relativity through this strikingly visual production in true Paper Doll Militia fashion.WARPED Demo WARPED Research and Development Video Photo & Video Gallery Electronic Press Kit
Recipient of Creation Fund by National Performance Network
Co-Commissioning partners: 7 Stages, Dance Mission Theatre,
Host Of Sparrows & The Modlin Center, On Fife Theatre
Recipient of Open Fund by Creative Scotland
Work in Progress Showing of development March 16, 2018
The performers envelop you into their otherworldly environment where gravity is more a suggestion than a law. LoopsEnd features Paper Doll Militia’s most edgy and dynamic short form works to date, retaining the dark and magical quality the company is most known for. Appealing to audiences of all ages and languages, the show has it’s foundations in universal human concepts, told with enticing visuals and non-verbal unfolding narrative. With a diverse use of mediums and aerial apparatus, the stage is continuously transformed. A true journey of the human spirit, LoopsEnd shows us a mirror of our own experiences reminding us of our collective grit and strength.Promotional Video Photo Gallery
This modern fairytale for adults fuses aerial acrobatics, original music, animation, and shadow puppetry. With airborne physicality, this dark tale describes a strange encounter between a misfit little girl and an unpredictable and crass incarnation of the Devil. Join us in this magical and violent performance with high octane aerial arts on monkey bars, a streetlamp, and a chain swing.About This Show Promotional Video Dates and Places Photo Gallery
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Crossroads is an ensemble aerial theatre short that explores the characters’ as they are caught in a “crossroads” in their lives. Incorporating the beauty and skill of five aerial silks artists and one stilt walker combined with innovative and theatrical storytelling, Crossroads is a balanced blend of mystery, grace, and emotional imagery.Demo Pics Full 20 min piece
Homeostasis is an installation & performance piece that integrates the evocative visual design of Shibari with a contemporary approach to aerial arts. Lead artist Rain Anya and Collaborating Artist Kemo Burns (Shibari Artist) , have utilized Japanese rope tying techniques to create a large-scale visual interpretation of the human nervous system, constructed entirely with rope. This tree-like nervous system is an elaborate support structure for the aerial performers. In this way, the hybrid piece acts both as a stand-alone sculptural installation, and then becomes alive with movement as it morphs into the performance landscape.
A physical theatre aerial piece that utilizes mask work. Duality explores the energy of opposites. Once you peer behind the veil to the Dance of Duality you will see the two oppositional forces pulling and tugging at each other, creating a tension that creates a perfect equilibrium.
Original Apparatus design by Circus Gear
Concept, Choreography & Original music by Rain Anya
The concept for Ashes juxtaposes the seeming weightlessness of aerial and the tangible weight of the polpe [pole+rope], a rope weighted with a 25-pound sack. The polpe, a Paper Doll Militia original apparatus, provides both stability and the unpredictability of free-flying weight. This element makes precision of choreography and movement imperative and imbues an underlying feeling of chaos.
This visually stunning aerial act depicts the intense physical journey of two women on a floating ladder, suspended 15 feet in the air. Enter into our dream-like world where captivating aerial acrobatics blend seamlessly with emotional choreography that is timeless…both vintage and modern. With seemingly impossible physical feats, Their Secret Steps will delight and surprise any audience.
This is a refined and powerful performance, mixing the grace of aerial dance with the excitement of dynamic twists and falls. The audience will be entranced by punctuated rhythm and unique theatricality of this silks performer. Witness this classic aerial art performed with stylistic flare, this is a Paper Doll specialty.