No Sweat Presentation Sarlat March 28th 2012
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THE GENERATING COMPANY HISTORY & REVIEWS
The Generating Company was founded by a group of like-minded individuals, working together on the Millennium Dome Show in 1999/2000. It was here that Paul Cockle, the Production Manager for the show at the Dome, met Creative Producer Mark Fisher. Cockle, an experienced theatre practitioner, and Fisher, famed for designing some of the world’s biggest projects (Pink Floyd’s The Wall, U2 and The Rolling Stones concerts) shared a feeling that there was a significant gap for them to fill. It was immediately apparent that, based on the quality of the work at the Dome, there was a clear opportunity to form a high-class, British-based company creating contemporary circus theatre shows on a global scale. It was in 2001 that the Generating Company, with Paul Cockle as Managing Director, and a creative and artistic team comprising of four key Dome performers (Matt Costain, Sean Kempton, Corinne Pierre and Abigail Yeates) got its start by creating the UK Tour of Storm. Designed by Mark Fisher and composed by Tayo Akinbode, the company was able to raise European funds to produce the show, which opened in the Combustion Chamber at The Circus Space in Hoxton. The show toured widely, including major events and venues such as Manchester’s Lowry Theatre and the Galway Arts Festival. With support from NESTA and project grants from Arts Council England, The Generating Company grew from a small but ambitious company to a major international creator of contemporary Circus-based entertainment. The company, now led by Artistic Director Abigail Yeates, has become internationally recognised on the global stage. The company has created and devised shows in multiple countries on a variety of scales, but always maintains a balance between the demands of corporate clients and the creation of an original event. The Generating Company has played to live audiences totalling more than one million people, and is now committed to large scale productions in 2011 and 2012. As a result of this, the evolution of the company continues and it enjoys the opportunity to try out new ideas through working with a range of leading directors, designers, composers and performers.
WHAT THE PRESS SAID ABOUT LACTIC ACID
A ‘virtuoso fusion of dance and circus that pushes its performers to extreme of energy and emotion.’ ‘...a show of power and grace … a truly original spectacle.’ ‘...an electrifying combination of dance and circus.’(Whatsonstage.com)
WHAT THE PRESS SAID ABOUT STORM
‘Each act and movement is full of personality and full of interest about the way people betray themselves through movement. Together they provide a dynamic, wraparound experience of city terrors...’ ‘Young, Sexy and storming... The skills match Cirque du Soleil’s but, in spirit, the show is De La Guarda without the water. It’s young, it’s sexy and it’s very Hoxton...’ ‘It achieves something very rare in circus arts: a fusion of the body and the heart. At its very best the show presents the physical manifestations of the characters internal confusions: the feeling of finding your soul-mate, or a storm of emotions raised by hurling, tumbling, twisting bodies raining above you’. ‘The Generating Company has come up with a big, buzzy, confident show that combines skill with character and narrative. Best of all, the physical and the emotional are intimately linked...’ ‘They call it physical theatre or circus. You could call it sport, art, drama or dance, or all of the aforementioned. The Generating Company would rather you called it life, since that was its inspiration – but whatever you call it, the company’s debut show is destined to blow your socks off...The concept, humour, design and intimacy set the show in a class of its own...’ ‘Two words can justly be applied to Storm and The Generating Company – inspirational and excellent’. VOYAGE DE LA VIE Singapore Time Out Winner - Best Theatre Production 2011