Since its initial performance at Glastonbury Festival in 2011, Pirates of the Carabina have toured FLOWN to venues all around the UK and Australia, Europe and the Middle East performing over 250 shows to audiences of more than 200,000 and capacity crowds at leading international festivals.
Disgleiro / Shine
Created as a commission for Pontio arts and innovation centre in Bangor, Gwyledd, SHINE was the first piece of circus performance to welcome the public into the new building.
Featuring seven artists from Pirates of the Carabina, renowned Welsh Harpist Gwen Gibbard and local school children, SHINE saw the beautiful foyer space animated with tightwire, Chinese pole, Counterweighted acts and a flying harpist. All set to an original live musical score.
We started work on Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) in 2015, with the purpose of creating a new large-scale, full-length show that took the company’s trademark mechanical and engineered aerial circus theatre to new heights. With the help of grants from Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales, and considerable support from the Roundhouse (London), Pontio (Bangor) and Ffwrnes (Llanelli), RUHM was given its first exclusive preview showing at Pontio in Bangor, Wales in January 2018.
With a desire to bring together the company’s impressive set of solo and duo acts into more of an ensemble performance, RUHM sought to have the entire cast and interconnected animated set moving as one. Drawing heavily upon the traditions of structural and kinetic art, the show was informed by a great many creative sources: from Jean Tinguely and Mark Bischoff, to Theo Jansen and Gerald Hoffnung, Heath Robinson and Charlie Chaplin, to Escherand Buster Keaton. Its core premise followed a big idea – that contemporary life, society, the “system”, is unstoppable: Time continues irrespective of what we do; Life is Relentless, and the world around us is Unstoppable. But who (or what) is driving that machine
In late Autumn 2015, POTC undertook a week long residency as part of Bristol Circus City at The Invisible Circus Space, and another at The Point in Eastleigh; working at various points throughout he creative process with musician and composer Peter Reynolds, circus directors Samuel and Heike Jornot, mentor Angela de Castro and our long-time directing collaborator James Williams.
After an exclusive preview run at Pontio in Bangor, RUHM premiered in April 2018 at CircusFest in London as Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine.
The show has since been further developed, with dramaturgical revisions, a new cast and some new acts. HOME will be premiering at Brighton Dome in December 2018, marking the company’s second visit to the venue for it alternative Christmas run.