Collectif Petit Travers
Complex patterns for simple pleasure. Either a rising star or a risen star depending on your viewpoint, Collectif Petit Travers have in the matter of five or so years turned out a clutch of acclaimed shows and toured virtually the whole circuit of high-level European festivals. Their first major show Le Petit Travers was essentially a clown duet, on a wonderful build, that eventually saw the entire stage flooded; Le Parti Pris des Choses was a chamber piece on obsession, fear and compulsion; and Pan-Pot was an exquisitely realised abstract work (possibly about time) that wrung the gamut of theatrical effects from a couple buckets of white balls, a pianist and three jugglers.
Sometimes it seems there's scarcely a juggler who's not deeply interested in mathematics and the sizeable body of music that closely abuts it.
‘Attention spans will be even shorter than now, perhaps too short for words. Stitched together from the strongest limbs of circus, puppetry, movement and dance, visual theatre is an unconquerable monster destined to overcome all other modes of discourse.’ - Joseph Seelig, co-director, London International Mime Festival.
Sideshow searches for the strongest monsters in the 2010 line-up, including work from six countries and nine companies.