Show title: Blick
Performers: Erik Åberg (SWE) & Jay Gilligan (USA)
Length: 45 minutes (includes 15 minute workshop)
Target audience: Age 5-12, but plays well for any age
Performance space: Cleared and clean 4x4 meter floorspace, well lit (normal, everyday room lighting), minimum 2.5 meter ceiling height
Technical requirements: One standard 220v electrical outlet or extension cord near the performance area
Load in time: 1 hour prior to showtime
Load out time: 30 minutes after the last audience member has left
Price: €1400 + VAT (25%) first performance, €1000 + VAT (25%) each additional performance on the same day. Expenses for travel, accommodation, and per diems for 2 people will be added to the price. VAT is not added for VAT registered companies and organizations within the EU, outside of Sweden.
Shoe size: Erik 44, Jay 49
Kapsel presents Blick: a scientific circus for all ages. Jay and Erik display a series of surprises, synched to the performance of a live original soundtrack. The show explores where ideas come from, with an emphasis on observation. Equal parts physics experiment, brainstorm, and juggling creation, Blick gives highly stylized images of seemingly impossible feats. The overall effect looks like magic, but is even more powerful as no tricks are hidden. Balls float through the air in slow motion, until wooden sculptures of hands jump to catch them. A table without legs stands up, solid hoops pass through each other and a human body, oranges jump rope, pendulums intersect without tangling, strings levitate and hang in space, gyroscopes are captured in nets, and a robot juggles metal balls! A highlight of the show is the use of 20 solid steel spheres rigged as Newton’s Cradles. These machines give a sharp rhythm that can be both seen and heard, while creating surprising horizontal juggling patterns.
Blick uses a self-contained, modular set design which can adapt to almost any space, including areas which are not traditionally used as performance venues. This innovation allows the circus arts to be presented in places that usually cannot host shows of that genre. As a finale, a workshop is incorporated which encourages the entire audience to try elements from the show while in their own seats. The audience gets the possibility to look at the everyday world differently, through the lens of Blick.