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By a Thread is a new ensemble circus creation, exploring the relationship between trust and play on an innovative aerial apparatus.

A video showing snippets of the production By a Thread. Seven performers hang and swing from white ropes and balance whilst standing on one and other.

About the show

Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground. The actions of one acrobat affect and implicate the movements of others in a mesmerising negotiation of cause and effect.

By a Thread was created to bring a new dimension to audiences’ understanding of acrobatic relationships, and the parallels they draw to our everyday interactions. Virtuosic acrobatics and intricate choreography weave through moments of confusion, hilarity, romance, playfulness, fear and friendship.

The relationships between ensemble members on stage mimic the everyday relationships we have as human beings. The acrobatic ensemble is the vehicle through which ideas of risk and trust are explored, creating an intimate experience around the dangers and joys implicit in engaging with others. 

The counterpoint to the danger in circus is the joy that is integral to working as an ensemble, the joy of challenging the risk, and uncovering the possibilities at the intersection of both. More than mere bodies in space, By a Thread is an exploration of tensions physical, emotional and relational. 

Directed by Jonathan Morgan and Charice Rust
Dramaturgy by Zebastian Hunter
Lighting Design by AfterDark Theatre
Sound Design by Lee Stout
Original Costume Design by Emily Barrie
Additional Costume Design by Stephanie Neoh
Photos and videography by Aaron Walker Photography

Original Creation:
Ela Bartilomo, Sarah Berrell, Emily Chilvers, Ryan Darwin, Amanda Lee, Jonathan Morgan, Hamish Norris, Jordan O’Brien and Charice Rust 

Running time 50mins – full technical requirements available on request

Representation from NCM,
Director Nic Clark