Theatre Preview: Sugar Beast Circus at Jacksons Lane, N6

What do you get when you fuse five female circus athletes with a computer programmer and quantum physics?

The answer is Sugar Beast Circus, an international circus group bringing their animated science-related theatrics to Highgate all this weekend.

Tomorrow, the all-female troupe of performers, from Sweden, France, Germany and the USA, kick off a run of three performances of {Event(Dimension):}, their latest work, at Jacksons Lane in Archway Road.

Audiences will be treated to a “cutting edge” visual display, as performers interact with animations devised by English-born programmer Jean-Christophe Nicolas.

Director and performer Geneva Foster-Gluck describes her troupe’s performance as “beautiful, contemplative” movements accompanied by “illusions” exploring “how light behaves and the role light has played in the history of science”.

She said: “The show is inspired by the implications of quantum physics on our perception of reality. We look at interesting moments in the history of science, such as the UV catastrophe.

“We are a cutting-edge project, bringing together circus and dance theatre with live art. I think we are beautifully crafting all of those movements into one performance.”

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Ms Foster-Gluck also promises a variety of aerial skills, cyr wheeling and hand balancing in a “playful show that is nodding to kitsch sci-fi films and books”.

In addition to tomorrow evening’s show, the group will also be entertaining Jacksons Lane crowds with repeat performances at the venue on Saturday and Sunday.

The Sugar Beast Circus’ appearances are one of a number of performances in this year’s London International Mime Festival 2012, taking place across six prestigious London venues, including Jacksons Lane and the Roundhouse in Camden.

Anglo-French company Th��tre T�te de Pioche will be appearing at the Roundhouse as part of this year’s festival, with a theatrical exploration of the natural world in performances of Fragments de Vie, until Saturday.

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