Saturday, April 28, 2012

Short and Sweet street show: PaperDolls at the Festival of Fools 2012

When & Where…

Saturday 5 May
Rosemary Street: 1pm
Sunday 6 May
Rosemary Street: 2pm
Monday 7 May
City Hall: 12pm

Over the past 8 months, 20 dedicated students in the art of circus have been locked away in the Belfast Community Circus School quietly honing their craft.  They graduate on 30th June in the Land of Giants Spectacle – the biggest outdoor arts show ever to hit Northern Ireland.
Before then, they have been allowed out onto the streets to play. Come along and see the next wave of circus and street talent in a series of short pieces which will turn into the shows of the future.

 PaperDolls are currently developing their first ever street show which is going to ROCK! It's a new exciting challenge for us and will be a new string to our very diverse bow. I love us.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Belfast: I'm in it.

PaperDolls in the Dubliner magazine.

Interview with Paul Flood from the Dubliner Magazine on Irish circus practitioners (published April 12th) featuring a contribution from me and a wonderful photo of Karen Anderson of PaperDolls by Malcolm McGettigan (who took this photo during our shoot for The Stripe magazine in the Sugar Club last August, posted here and here). 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Less Talk More Action

Frog and Toad's 'Less Talk More Action', the creation of Belfast Circus School's 24 hour cabaret task was set on Wednesday evening, created on Thursday and performed on Friday by randomly selected partners trust together from a lucky dip of names plucked from the school's disused tombola. 

Aaltje and I played with the common vocabulary we had - acrobalance, quickly disregarding the juggling equipment we intended to use. Aaltje is an amazing base, and although I need some work on the flying front, I thoroughly enjoyed scrambling around Aaltje and found the challenge extremely refreshing and inspiring. We took a playful approach by adapting some of the acro-moves we have learned over the last few months, and stumbled upon the frog and toad idea through some of our exploration of movement. Our play and appearances kind of reminded me of the Frog and Toad stories of my childhood (previously posted about here). I'm thinking this frog thing will be further explored in the near future :)