presents The Cone Dancers
SAT 19 JULY
12PM / 2PM / 3.30PM
An air-filled cone eight metres high creates a new stage for an extraordinary aerial performance. Acrobatic and upbeat but also passionate and moving.
A boy and a girl dressed in traditional folk dancers’ costumes dance formally around the outside of the Cone. As the dance progresses the formality is thrown off along with some of the clothes as a game of chase and longing ensues. Then in the tradition of the May Day and Beltane rituals of the past, the chase ends with a spectacular finale: A kiss.
Using bi-directional harnesses the performers have four different axes of rotation and can access the top to the bottom of the Cone. The illusion is gravity defying and extraordinary.
Based on the Fertility celebrations of pre-Christian Beltane where, on the first day of spring the cattle were put out to pasture and various fertility rites took place. One such rite was that for one night a year, young people could take a partner and make merry in the woods without having to adhere to the usual conventions of society.
A 21st Century Maypole
Created in 2005, an air-filled cone eight metres high creates a new stage for an extraordinary aerial performance. With four axes of rotation we have created a choreography in the Dream Engine tradition of being unique and unusual. Acrobatic and upbeat but also passionate and moving. The Conedancers is performed to an original score and computer-driven LED lighting effects.