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 Post subject: The Generating Company - modern circus
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2002 8:27 am 
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Storm
By Lyn Gardner for The Guardian

It might be the season to be merry, but it is also the season when a lot of shows are turning up in London in new spaces that don't necessarily show them off to best advantage. The Generating Company's circus show Storm is a far less electrifying affair seen from one of the Barbican's comfy seats than it was when you had to crane your neck and follow the action around on foot at Circus Space. Did nobody at the Barbican realise this would be the case?

This show was the only thing of any merit to come out of the Millennium Dome. Now, 18 months on, it is a much more assured, tightly choreographed affair as it traces 24 hours in the life of London and its inhabitants. But while the piece has lost some of its rawness in terms of production values, it has not made much progress in its attempts to link circus to narrative. What looked charmingly ragged in Circus Space looks merely thin in the bigger space, which soaks up a lot of the energy and the emotion. The latter was originally one of this show's prime attractions. You normally admire circus acts for their daring; it is rare to find them touching your heart.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2003 6:53 am 
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Review of this Circus theatre production at the Barbican.

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Now the Generating Company, featuring some of the talent behind the Millennium Dome’s aerial show, is trying to wed circus skills with narrative. Its latest production Storm has been enjoying a Christmas residency, courtesy of the Barbican’s international theatre season, but it suggests that “circus theatre” still has some way to go.

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Life after the Dome: the show goes on
By Simon Tait for The Times


ONE of the critical successes of the Millennium Dome was the daily show in the huge central auditorium by a small army of incredibly athletic young people which crossed the line between dance and acrobatics.

The legacy post-2000 was to have been an experienced company of young performers ready to tour middle-size venues around the country and abroad, taking this latest brand of performance to fresh audiences. It was to be Britain’s answer to Cirque du Soleil.

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Lactic Acid
By David Dougill for The Sunday Times:


Lactic acid is a sour chemical produced in the bloodstream after physical exertion. In a dense programme note, Abigail Yeates, the director-choreographer, explains that her aim is to depict the body’s physical extremes, its molecular activity, its function as a chemical factory. Well, little of that came across on stage.

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