New Circus, Acrobatic and Dance Fusion explores our chaotic, digitally-obsessed lives

New Circus, Acrobatic and Dance Fusion  explores our chaotic, digitally-obsessed lives

Joli Vyann, acclaimed circus and dance company, following a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival 2016 are heading out on a 2017 national tour for the first time with their new show Imbalance. Exploring the digital chaos of our lives, the company are set to perform their stunning piece, fusing acrobatics, dance and circus, at Déda on Thursday 30 March.

These days it’s rare not to be ‘logged in’ at every opportunity; the breakfast table, nights out with friends, even in bed. ‘Imbalance’ is a high-energy dance, circus and acrobatic fusion exploring our chaotic, digitally obsessed lives. It questions whether our lives are ‘in’ or ‘out’ of balance; whether our reliance on technology helps or hinders us achieve this balance, and explores the dramatic affects this can have on our personal relationships.

Olivia Quayle and Jan Patzke, Artistic Directors and Performers, said “We wanted to explore, interpret and bring to audiences an exploration of our lives in this chaotic era. There is an expectation that we are all logged on and connected, all the time, to different online platforms. We wanted to explore how and when we separate ourselves from the virtual chaos surrounding us, and how we can create a ‘work, rest and play’ balance”

Jan and Olivia form the dynamic duo behind Joli Vyann, a company focused on using exciting hand-to-hand acrobatics and dance to explore contemporary issues. They have created Imbalance alongside internationally acclaimed choreographer Jonathan Lunn, recipient of both a NESTA fellowship and Olivier Award Nominee for Best Choreographer in Theatre.

Jonathan said “While acknowledging that the internet can bring us unquantifiable advantages and time saving short cuts, it also poses new challenges and problems. It’s not simply the distraction of a text message or an email slyly peeked at during a conversation that takes us out of direct human interaction. There is also the dark side where personal contact is usurped by social media activity, where information overload leaves us feeling helpless and inadequate, and where the already unacceptable issue of victimising those who do not conform to the norm, has morphed into sinister trolling and cyberbullying”.

Audiences can catch this digitally savvy show at Déda on Thursday 30 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12.00 full/£10.00 concession - to book contact the Box Office on 01332 370911 or visit Tickets include access to a free post show talk with the company following the performance. 

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