CIRCUS

When the world is no longer your stage... 30 acrobats physicalise the shared exhaustion, frustration and complications of living within drastically limited space, creating absurdity and beauty while stuck on their sofas. A short film that gives a snapshot of the extraordinary spring of 2020 and how differently we all dealt with it, finishing with an invite to the viewers to share their own experiences from the comfort of their sofas...

We'd love to see your #MySofaDance!
There are instructions on our blog if you need some guidance on creating your own #MySofaDance and we're also leading a Sofa Dance workshop for families at The Spark Festival this Saturday, 13th February and Monday, 15th Fevruary 2021, organised by The Spark Arts for Children.
Our blog: https://mimbre.co.uk/create-your-own-choreography-inspired-by-the-sofa-dance/

About Filmed in Lockdown:
Filmed in Lockdown is a series of new works of literary, musical, visual, and performance arts, commissioned for Culture in Quarantine by Arts Council England and BBC Arts. 
The Sofa Dance was made with support from The Space Arts and Sadler's Wells.

About Mimbre:
Mimbre is an acrobatic theatre company fusing acrobatics, dance and humour to create visual poetry in unconventional spaces.

A huge thank you to all our collaborators, without whom this would not have been possible:

CREDITS
Directed by Arthur Le Fol and Lina Johansson

Music
“Just a Place” by Underground System
Written by Peter Matson and Domenica Fossati

Cast
Alison Halstead
Anesta Mathurin
Arielle Lauzon
Charmaine Childs
Emily Nicholl
Farrell Cox
Fiona Thornhill
Freya Stokka
Jackie Le
Jessica Ladley
Joana Dias
Julia Cheng
Karin Melin
Lina Johansson
Lisa Whitmore
Lissy Lovett
Lucie Maisha N'Duhirahe
Lynn Scott
Maiya Leeke
Natasha Khamjani
Nikki Hill
Rachel Baird
Rebecca Solomon
Rebecca Rennison
Rebecka Nord
Reece Lyons
Rosy Roberts
Ruby Gaskell
Silvia Fratelli
Sophie Northmore

Edited by Arthur Le Fol
Choreographed by Lina Johansson and cast
Filmed by the cast at home locations

Featuring the young talent
Aélia Katsaiti Nord 
Dylan Fratelli-Burch
Kalani Khamjani-Wilson 
Lev Maggor
Eva Ruth Euba
Frida Fratelli-Burch
Marnie Power
Milian Nord Katsaitis
Raya Maggor
Ronja Talbot
Skyla Khamjani-Wilson
Suki Keighley
Tuva Talbot 

Additional #MySofaDancers
Graciette Dias
Clement Stokes
Amani Talbot
Agneta Olsson
Cecilia Baird
Josie Saunders
John Ladley

Guest appearances, special thanks to
Our flatmates, families and partners

Project Manager
Zsofia Szendrei

Executive Producers
For Sadler’s Wells – Alistair Spalding and Bia Oliveira
For The Space – Fiona Morris
The Sofa Dance

When the world is no longer your stage... 30 acrobats physicalise the shared exhaustion, frustration and complications of living within drastically limited space, creating absurdity and beauty while stuck on their sofas. A short film that gives a snapshot of the extraordinary spring of 2020 and how differently we all dealt with it, finishing with an invite to the viewers to share their own experiences from the comfort of their sofas...

We'd love to see your #MySofaDance!
There are instructions on our blog if you need some guidance on creating your own #MySofaDance and we're also leading a Sofa Dance workshop for families at The Spark Festival this Saturday, 13th February and Monday, 15th Fevruary 2021, organised by The Spark Arts for Children.
Our blog: https://mimbre.co.uk/create-your-own-choreography-inspired-by-the-sofa-dance/

About Filmed in Lockdown:
Filmed in Lockdown is a series of new works of literary, musical, visual, and performance arts, commissioned for Culture in Quarantine by Arts Council England and BBC Arts.
The Sofa Dance was made with support from The Space Arts and Sadler's Wells.

About Mimbre:
Mimbre is an acrobatic theatre company fusing acrobatics, dance and humour to create visual poetry in unconventional spaces.

A huge thank you to all our collaborators, without whom this would not have been possible:

CREDITS
Directed by Arthur Le Fol and Lina Johansson

Music
“Just a Place” by Underground System
Written by Peter Matson and Domenica Fossati

Cast
Alison Halstead
Anesta Mathurin
Arielle Lauzon
Charmaine Childs
Emily Nicholl
Farrell Cox
Fiona Thornhill
Freya Stokka
Jackie Le
Jessica Ladley
Joana Dias
Julia Cheng
Karin Melin
Lina Johansson
Lisa Whitmore
Lissy Lovett
Lucie Maisha N'Duhirahe
Lynn Scott
Maiya Leeke
Natasha Khamjani
Nikki Hill
Rachel Baird
Rebecca Solomon
Rebecca Rennison
Rebecka Nord
Reece Lyons
Rosy Roberts
Ruby Gaskell
Silvia Fratelli
Sophie Northmore

Edited by Arthur Le Fol
Choreographed by Lina Johansson and cast
Filmed by the cast at home locations

Featuring the young talent
Aélia Katsaiti Nord
Dylan Fratelli-Burch
Kalani Khamjani-Wilson
Lev Maggor
Eva Ruth Euba
Frida Fratelli-Burch
Marnie Power
Milian Nord Katsaitis
Raya Maggor
Ronja Talbot
Skyla Khamjani-Wilson
Suki Keighley
Tuva Talbot

Additional #MySofaDancers
Graciette Dias
Clement Stokes
Amani Talbot
Agneta Olsson
Cecilia Baird
Josie Saunders
John Ladley

Guest appearances, special thanks to
Our flatmates, families and partners

Project Manager
Zsofia Szendrei

Executive Producers
For Sadler’s Wells – Alistair Spalding and Bia Oliveira
For The Space – Fiona Morris

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The Sofa Dance

Got that stuck inside "blah" feeling? Slappy and Monday have the cure! DCT's sweetest and funniest clowns are aback with a new video, with music, cowboys, and whip tricks!

 The physical space of Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) at Rosewood Center for Family Arts might be shut down for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have clownish fun virtually!

DCT has had the pleasure of hosting clown artists Slappy and Monday (or as they are known in more formal circles: Tiffany Riley & Dick Monday) in the lobby before almost every sensory-friendly performances for several years now. Riley and Monday are the co-founders of Laughter League, a non-profit often focused on spreading laughter in places that need it most.  They’ve acquired quite a fan following amongst those attending these important judgement-free performances, where patrons are free to come and go as they need, access quiet rooms if necessary, and know that loud noises and flashing lights won’t be a concern. 
 
DCT recently shared some of Slappy and Monday’s quarantined antics with sensory sensitive audience members.  Here is just an example of the almost giddy response from patrons:

“Aaron LOVES Slappy and Monday!” said mother Pamela Christel in an e-mail; she and her son Aaron have been regular attendees to DCT’s sensory-performances. “He was so excited when the video started playing, watched it play entirely without distraction, and interacted with the video as if he were there in person on the sensory day pre-show...even pointing at Monday's tie and laughing hysterically at the "cookie monster" and hat jokes.  He has also asked me to figure out how to make the big bubble, lol.
We both needed this laugh right now.”

In times like this, it is important for everyone to have the chance to laugh, and share laughs. DCT’s team is sharing  age-appropriate, pre-recorded plays from colleagues across the country and other tips and videos that can help parents during this shelter-in-place time.
Slappy and Monday DCT 3

Got that stuck inside "blah" feeling? Slappy and Monday have the cure! DCT's sweetest and funniest clowns are aback with a new video, with music, cowboys, and whip tricks!

The physical space of Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) at Rosewood Center for Family Arts might be shut down for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have clownish fun virtually!

DCT has had the pleasure of hosting clown artists Slappy and Monday (or as they are known in more formal circles: Tiffany Riley & Dick Monday) in the lobby before almost every sensory-friendly performances for several years now. Riley and Monday are the co-founders of Laughter League, a non-profit often focused on spreading laughter in places that need it most. They’ve acquired quite a fan following amongst those attending these important judgement-free performances, where patrons are free to come and go as they need, access quiet rooms if necessary, and know that loud noises and flashing lights won’t be a concern.

DCT recently shared some of Slappy and Monday’s quarantined antics with sensory sensitive audience members. Here is just an example of the almost giddy response from patrons:

“Aaron LOVES Slappy and Monday!” said mother Pamela Christel in an e-mail; she and her son Aaron have been regular attendees to DCT’s sensory-performances. “He was so excited when the video started playing, watched it play entirely without distraction, and interacted with the video as if he were there in person on the sensory day pre-show...even pointing at Monday's tie and laughing hysterically at the "cookie monster" and hat jokes. He has also asked me to figure out how to make the big bubble, lol.
We both needed this laugh right now.”

In times like this, it is important for everyone to have the chance to laugh, and share laughs. DCT’s team is sharing age-appropriate, pre-recorded plays from colleagues across the country and other tips and videos that can help parents during this shelter-in-place time.

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Slappy and Monday DCT 3

(DALLAS, TX) – The physical space of Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) at Rosewood Center for Family Arts might be shut down for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have clownish fun virtually!

DCT has had the pleasure of hosting clown artists Slappy and Monday (or as they are known in more formal circles: Tiffany Riley & Dick Monday) in the lobby before almost every sensory-friendly performances for several years now. Riley and Monday are the co-founders of Laughter League, a non-profit often focused on spreading laughter in places that need it most.  They’ve acquired quite a fan following amongst those attending these important judgement-free performances, where patrons are free to come and go as they need, access quiet rooms if necessary, and know that loud noises and flashing lights won’t be a concern. 
 
DCT recently shared some of Slappy and Monday’s quarantined antics with sensory sensitive audience members.  Here is just an example of the almost giddy response from patrons:

“Aaron LOVES Slappy and Monday!” said mother Pamela Christel in an e-mail; she and her son Aaron have been regular attendees to DCT’s sensory-performances. “He was so excited when the video started playing, watched it play entirely without distraction, and interacted with the video as if he were there in person on the sensory day pre-show...even pointing at Monday's tie and laughing hysterically at the "cookie monster" and hat jokes.  He has also asked me to figure out how to make the big bubble, lol.
We both needed this laugh right now.”

In times like this, it is important for everyone to have the chance to laugh, and share laughs. DCT’s team is sharing  age-appropriate, pre-recorded plays from colleagues across the country and other tips and videos that can help parents during this shelter-in-place time.
Slappy & Monday at home

(DALLAS, TX) – The physical space of Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) at Rosewood Center for Family Arts might be shut down for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have clownish fun virtually!

DCT has had the pleasure of hosting clown artists Slappy and Monday (or as they are known in more formal circles: Tiffany Riley & Dick Monday) in the lobby before almost every sensory-friendly performances for several years now. Riley and Monday are the co-founders of Laughter League, a non-profit often focused on spreading laughter in places that need it most. They’ve acquired quite a fan following amongst those attending these important judgement-free performances, where patrons are free to come and go as they need, access quiet rooms if necessary, and know that loud noises and flashing lights won’t be a concern.

DCT recently shared some of Slappy and Monday’s quarantined antics with sensory sensitive audience members. Here is just an example of the almost giddy response from patrons:

“Aaron LOVES Slappy and Monday!” said mother Pamela Christel in an e-mail; she and her son Aaron have been regular attendees to DCT’s sensory-performances. “He was so excited when the video started playing, watched it play entirely without distraction, and interacted with the video as if he were there in person on the sensory day pre-show...even pointing at Monday's tie and laughing hysterically at the "cookie monster" and hat jokes. He has also asked me to figure out how to make the big bubble, lol.
We both needed this laugh right now.”

In times like this, it is important for everyone to have the chance to laugh, and share laughs. DCT’s team is sharing age-appropriate, pre-recorded plays from colleagues across the country and other tips and videos that can help parents during this shelter-in-place time.

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Slappy & Monday at home

(DALLAS, TX) – The physical space of Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) at Rosewood Center for Family Arts might be shut down for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have clownish fun virtually!

DCT has had the pleasure of hosting clown artists Slappy and Monday (or as they are known in more formal circles: Tiffany Riley & Dick Monday) in the lobby before almost every sensory-friendly performances for several years now. Riley and Monday are the co-founders of Laughter League, a non-profit often focused on spreading laughter in places that need it most.  They’ve acquired quite a fan following amongst those attending these important judgement-free performances, where patrons are free to come and go as they need, access quiet rooms if necessary, and know that loud noises and flashing lights won’t be a concern. 
 
DCT recently shared some of Slappy and Monday’s quarantined antics with sensory sensitive audience members.  Here is just an example of the almost giddy response from patrons:

“Aaron LOVES Slappy and Monday!” said mother Pamela Christel in an e-mail; she and her son Aaron have been regular attendees to DCT’s sensory-performances. “He was so excited when the video started playing, watched it play entirely without distraction, and interacted with the video as if he were there in person on the sensory day pre-show...even pointing at Monday's tie and laughing hysterically at the "cookie monster" and hat jokes.  He has also asked me to figure out how to make the big bubble, lol.
We both needed this laugh right now.”

In times like this, it is important for everyone to have the chance to laugh, and share laughs. DCT’s team is sharing  age-appropriate, pre-recorded plays from colleagues across the country and other tips and videos that can help parents during this shelter-in-place time.
Slappy & Monday at DCT

(DALLAS, TX) – The physical space of Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) at Rosewood Center for Family Arts might be shut down for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have clownish fun virtually!

DCT has had the pleasure of hosting clown artists Slappy and Monday (or as they are known in more formal circles: Tiffany Riley & Dick Monday) in the lobby before almost every sensory-friendly performances for several years now. Riley and Monday are the co-founders of Laughter League, a non-profit often focused on spreading laughter in places that need it most. They’ve acquired quite a fan following amongst those attending these important judgement-free performances, where patrons are free to come and go as they need, access quiet rooms if necessary, and know that loud noises and flashing lights won’t be a concern.

DCT recently shared some of Slappy and Monday’s quarantined antics with sensory sensitive audience members. Here is just an example of the almost giddy response from patrons:

“Aaron LOVES Slappy and Monday!” said mother Pamela Christel in an e-mail; she and her son Aaron have been regular attendees to DCT’s sensory-performances. “He was so excited when the video started playing, watched it play entirely without distraction, and interacted with the video as if he were there in person on the sensory day pre-show...even pointing at Monday's tie and laughing hysterically at the "cookie monster" and hat jokes. He has also asked me to figure out how to make the big bubble, lol.
We both needed this laugh right now.”

In times like this, it is important for everyone to have the chance to laugh, and share laughs. DCT’s team is sharing age-appropriate, pre-recorded plays from colleagues across the country and other tips and videos that can help parents during this shelter-in-place time.

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Slappy & Monday at DCT

Suitcase Circus, presented by Folded Feather, in association with Little Angel Theatre. Donate to Little Angel Theatre: https://bit.ly/3kyDgpD

Suitcase Circus is a live globetrotting theatre performance which has graced the stage in pretty much every place you can imagine a show going on. This extraordinary menagerie is a who’s who of the world’s most talented objects.

For your viewing pleasure this special online edition of our fantastic circus of discarded things will showcase a virtuosic dancing milkshake straw, the worlds only acrobatic potato sack, the magical hat-frog Timrek the Fantastico and much much more!

All of this is cleverly tangled together by the anarchic, ringmaster-sock, Wobulous Discombobulous.

This film will premiere at 11am on Sunday 28 March 2021 and will be available for one year. 

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Created and performed by Oliver Smart (Folded Feather)
Accordion by Rahel Meyer
Follow Spot by Kim Scopes
Film production by Alexander Michaelis and Kimberley Mirren (Studio Kix, London)

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Folded Feather is an innovative puppet company with an established reputation for the creation of outstanding theatre productions, socially focused communications design and high quality on-screen content.

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Little Angel Theatre is a home for puppetry. Since our doors first opened in 1961 the theatre has been dedicated to creating and sharing inspiring stories. During this period of isolation we are releasing daily online resources to help you keep creative at home, on our YouTube channel and on our website: https://littleangeltheatre.com/online-shows-and-activities

All of our online activities are being made available for free. If you are able to consider making a donation - however small - to help us survive during this challenging time, it would be greatly appreciated: https://littleangeltheatre.com/support-us/donate.

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Suitcase Circus | Free Performance for Children

Suitcase Circus, presented by Folded Feather, in association with Little Angel Theatre. Donate to Little Angel Theatre: https://bit.ly/3kyDgpD

Suitcase Circus is a live globetrotting theatre performance which has graced the stage in pretty much every place you can imagine a show going on. This extraordinary menagerie is a who’s who of the world’s most talented objects.

For your viewing pleasure this special online edition of our fantastic circus of discarded things will showcase a virtuosic dancing milkshake straw, the worlds only acrobatic potato sack, the magical hat-frog Timrek the Fantastico and much much more!

All of this is cleverly tangled together by the anarchic, ringmaster-sock, Wobulous Discombobulous.

This film will premiere at 11am on Sunday 28 March 2021 and will be available for one year.

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Created and performed by Oliver Smart (Folded Feather)
Accordion by Rahel Meyer
Follow Spot by Kim Scopes
Film production by Alexander Michaelis and Kimberley Mirren (Studio Kix, London)

-

Folded Feather is an innovative puppet company with an established reputation for the creation of outstanding theatre productions, socially focused communications design and high quality on-screen content.

-

Little Angel Theatre is a home for puppetry. Since our doors first opened in 1961 the theatre has been dedicated to creating and sharing inspiring stories. During this period of isolation we are releasing daily online resources to help you keep creative at home, on our YouTube channel and on our website: https://littleangeltheatre.com/online-shows-and-activities

All of our online activities are being made available for free. If you are able to consider making a donation - however small - to help us survive during this challenging time, it would be greatly appreciated: https://littleangeltheatre.com/support-us/donate.

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Sign up to the Little Angel Theatre newsletter for activities delivered directly to your inbox: https://littleangeltheatre.com/join-our-mailing-list
Subscribe to Little Angel Theatre YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/TheLittleATheatre​​​
Little Angel Theatre website: www.littleangeltheatre.com
Little Angel Theatre Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LittleAngelTheatre​
Little Angel Theatre Twitter: https://twitter.com/LittleATheatre​​​
Little Angel Theatre Instagram: https://instagram.com/littleangeltheatre​
Folded Feather website: www.foldedfeather.com
Folded Feather Twitter: https://twitter.com/foldedfeather
Folded Feather Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foldedfeather
Folded Feather Instagram: https://instagram.com/foldedfeather
Oliver Smart Twitter: https://twitter.com/oli_smart
Oliver Smart Instagram: https://instagram.com/oliversmartpuppetry
Studio Kix Twitter: https://twitter.com/StudioKixLondon
Studio Kix Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studiokix
Studio Kix Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studio_kix

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Suitcase Circus | Free Performance for Children

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