Fringe preview: 360 ALLSTARS
Circus gets a world champion reinvention
This article is from 2015.
An attempt to reinvent circus with an urban twist – that's how producer, director and musician Gene Peterson describes 360 ALLSTARS, an international gathering of diverse performers from around the world. Rather than acrobats, jugglers or unicyclists, the show is comprised of world champions from fields including breakdancing, basketball freestyling and BMX Flatland.
Since premiering two years ago, the group has performed over 750 shows and workshops around the world. Rather than holding auditions, each contributor is chosen based on their prowess and reputation. 'At first I had imagined it would be a challenge to recruit all these world champion athletes and artists, but actually everyone was very interested from the get-go,' explains Peterson. 'It’s not every day these artists would get the chance to collaborate with other world champions of other art forms.'
Each performer is afforded creative freedom in their particular segment, but according to Peterson, there's never any danger of clashing egos. 'The other reason they're chosen is down to their personality,’ he says. ‘When you're planning to send seven strangers from different cultural backgrounds on the road, to spend 24 hours a day in each other's pockets for months on end, there’s just no room for egos and attitudes. The energy on stage is always about unity, not superiority.'
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, 8–31 Aug (not 17), 4.15pm, £15–£16 (£13–£14). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £10.