The Measure of Breath

 

A Medical philosophy circus show from aerial performers Maddie McGowan and Ziggy Slingsby in collaboration with philosopher Havi Carel

A vibrant clash of ideas from the worlds of circus, philosophy and medical science. Philosopical debate is embodied via  a red boiler suit and voiced by a breathless movie star, a sinister performer in a sparkly suit plays doctor, and everything is slowly engulfed in dark blue fabric. This performance explores how the world changes when a person becomes seriously ill. Through aerial acrobatics, text and live sound fragments of a story, experiences and reflections emerge.

 

Photo: George Chan

Commissioned for Feel It Festival in Bristol 2016 by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, Life of Breath Project and Circomedia, supported by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.

This piece was performed twice as a work in progress during Feel It Festival at Circomedia as a work in progress. We aim to develop the show in 2017.

 

Photo: Paul Blakemore

 

Creative Team:

Performers: Ziggy Slingsby and Maddie McGowan

Devised by: Ziggy Slingsby, Maddie McGowan, Mish Weaver 

Director: Mish Weaver

Lighting Design: Anna Barratt

Original score: Isnaj Dui 

 

 

Photo: Paul Blakemore

 

This surreal circus journey draws on the work of Professor Havi Carel from the University of Bristol to explore the effect of bodily doubt as a consequence of serious illness on an indiviual's life; from the collapse of the everyday sense of bodily control to the altered trust in our bodies.

 

 

Photo: George Chan 

 The Measure of Breath also builds on Unseen Pathways, a project led by Ziggy Slingsby, which asks if greater awareness of the unseen body - our organs, fluids and nervous system support - can offer a different agenda for devising aerial performance.

 

Photo: Dan Kelly 

  Photo: Paul Blakemore

 

 

 Photo: George Chan

 

 Photo: Dan Kelly