Renowned aerial dance company Fidget Feet bring their aerial show ‘Hang On’ to Galway next week, a show described by founding member Chantal McCormick as a reflection of human relationships today.
The piece started off as a 30 minute show which toured internationally. The new extended piece delves further into what Chantal calls “the battle of the sexes”.
“When we created the show, we created the movement along with the music at the same time. The extended show now also includes film projection, all shot in Ireland. All elements are treated equally on stage,” says Chantal, who is also one of the performers.
The show mixes aerial dance trapeze with a musical performance in a thrilling struggle between the two dancers. Hurried along by the relentless beat of time, Chantal and her co-dancer Lee Clayden wonder if there is a worthy destination, or are they just running around in circles. Should they fight and hang on and hope for a moment of clarity in their relationship?
Limerick based Fidget Feet is recognised as Ireland’s foremost aerial dance theatre company, creating spectacular contemporary circus and specialising in aerial dance. While the dance element of ‘Hang On’ inevitably attracts the eye, the music, created and performed by Jym Daly, is played live on stage alongside the aerial dancers. This, Chantal explains, is vital to giving every art form involved in the piece equal status. “We feed off each during the live performance. While each element is structured, there is some room for spontaneity.”
Chantal explains that the show reflects on the busy lives people live today.
“The idea stems from the busyness of life and the two people in the show don’t get to see each other. As time goes on, the male and female dancers start to see each other and start to collaborate. The show ends with a double trapeze duet. This is the moment that they realise they need each other, they need each other to balance and survive in their lives.”
She remembers the reaction when they performed the show on Valentine’s Day. “People came up afterwards and said that the piece was just like their relationships, the ups and downs.”
Chantal adds that the piece isn’t necessarily a love story, but more about how men and women can “find ways to collaborate and be as one”.
She explains that there is a happy ending to the piece with beautiful music, dancing and lighting. “Everyone that has seen it loves how it ends but in truth, in life there is always ups and downs. We want to subtly hint at the end of the show that in reality this is the case. Relationships always have challenges.”
Chantal and Lee are currently rehearsing and working on finding a way to incorporate this into the ending.
‘Hang On’ has been performed in theatres and streets across the globe since its creation in 2010, with performances taking place in England, Belgium, Spain, France, Australia, South Africa, Canada. When ‘Hang On’ debuted in Spain, reviews raved about the two outstanding aerial dancers and the show’s “mixture of simplicity and excellence”. Its show in Galway next week is part of a 13-date tour of Ireland.
‘Hang On’ comes to the Black Box Theatre Galway on Friday 10 March at 8pm. Tickets are €8. A family ticket for four people is €25. See www.tht.ie or phone 091-569777 for tickets.
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