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Adagio: Seriously Sophisticated Circus


Wed 15 Oct 2008–Sat 1 Nov 2008, 7:30pm

Where: Downstage Theatre, 12 Cambridge Tce, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • Concession: $33.00
  • Student Rush: $20.00
  • Concession: $33.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Downstage

Adagio - Seriously Sophisticated Circus . . . In association with Awkward Productions.

If you liked LA VIE and TRACES, you will love ADAGIO!

Featuring a blend of syncopated circus acts and cool fluid jazz sounds, ADAGIO – SERIOUSLY SOPHISTICATED CIRCUS takes circus out of the tent and into the theatre.

Epic and intimate, thrilling and thoughtful, bold and original, Adagio is a combination of physical theatre, circus, contemporary dance, music and comedy. Directed by multi award‑winning director Deborah Pope it shows six beating hearts playing with the isolation of being in a crowd. Adagio, part of Downstage’s 2008 Spring Showcase Seasons Change, is arthouse circus at its best, an evolving art form which is only just beginning to capture the imaginations of New Zealand audiences.

Adagio features an ensemble of highly skilled physical performers, unique in their approach to theatre making. Mason West, Rowan Heydon-White, Angela Green, Jenny McArthur, Rosie Langabeer, Asalemo Tofete and Vicki Jones lay bare their hearts, poetically and physically.

Director Deborah Pope uses circus techniques with real creativity, beauty, virtuosity and generosity in Adagio. Deeply committed to training and presenting her work at the highest possible skill level without compromise, Pope won various international awards, among them the “Total Theatre Award” for Deadly at the 1999 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Les jeunes Talents du Cirque competition in Paris.

Music designer Jonathan Crayford has gained international recognition and is in high demand as instrumentalist and composer. Crayford made it to the cutting edge of the New York scene within many genres of music. In addition to performing and recording, Jonathan composed orchestral scores for television programs and feature films like Mr Wrong and Ruby and Rata, which picked up “Best Original Score” at the New Zealand Film Awards.

"Adagio offers a beautifully crafted hour of existential physical theatre. Perfect spring fare." - John Smythe,

"An action-packed spectacle." - Jackson Coe, Salient

"What a circus, what a show. Go see!" - Laurie Atkinson, The Dominion Post

"By far the most entertaining seventy minutes I had experienced at the theatre in a very long time." -

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