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The ‘Pirates’ are back to showcase new work at Pontio

Plans for Pontio arts and innovation centre, Bangor’s festival of circus, ‘Circus Feast’ 18-27 July are well underway, and one of the acts taking part will be Pirates of the Carabina - the company that wowed over 3,000 people when they came to Bangor’s Beach Road with their show FLOWN in 2015. 10 Jul 2017

The ‘Pirates’ are back to showcase new work at Pontio

Since then, Pontio has built a special relationship with the company, as they also performed at the centre for its Welcome Day in December 2015 – creating an arresting start to the centre’s history with aerial hoopist Shaena Brandel flying over the box office, a drum kit way up in the air and tightrope over the restaurant!

Elen ap Robert, artistic director at Pontio, said, "We’re very pleased to be hosting Pirates of the Carabina as they move on with the next stage in the development of their brand new show R.U.H.M. – Relentless. Unstoppable. Human. Machine. Audiences can be part of this journey by coming to see a showcase of the new work on Tuesday 18th July for £5, either in the afternoon or evening. It’s a rare opportunity for anyone who loves circus to see brand new work, and will be a taste of what’s to come when R.U.H.M. premières at Pontio in the New Year."

Based around a series of mechanically ingenious props and interconnected structures that seem to have a will of their own, R.U.H.M. delves into the fantastical imaginations of a lowly acrobat sat ruminating about the absurdity of life, and our place in time. Contraptions and workers come to life in their sitting room and in front of the audience as questions abound - Can we stop the movement of time? Who - or what - is navigating our way through it? And where can the human connection be found within the technologies we build around us? It features stunning aerial, physical and acrobatic feats, inside, atop and around a set that is as much part of the action as the performers themselves.

During their residency, Pirates of the Carabina will also be running workshops in aerial circus for children and adults, as well as a counterweight hoop masterclass for more experienced practitioners. Tickets are selling fast for these, so be very quick if you would like to book a place on the 19th July.

The residency is part of the 9-day Circus Feast in Bangor, which includes headliners Circolombia, all kinds of free outdoor and indoor performances, circus skills workshops, circus-inspired films in the cinema, a vertical dance performance on the Pontio building, music and food and drink. Take a look at the full programme here:

Extract from R.U.H.M.
Pirates of the Carabina
Theatr Bryn Terfel
Tuesday 18 July, 1.30pm, 7pm
£5 for all

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