The Greek myth of Atlas will be retold in a circus theatre tour this spring.
New circus theatre company Oddly Moving will retell the Greek myth of Atlas using circus, autobiographical storytelling, physical theatre, projections and object manipulation.
Running 8 March to 3 June 2022 at venues across England, the show will shine a light on the individual looking at the personal burden of what-ifs, joys, regrets and turning points.
Atlas was condemned by Zeus, forced to hold up the heavens for all eternity. As he struggled with this magnificent burden, no other choice was available to him. Oddly Moving’s hour-long show looks at how we each manage the weight upon our shoulders, drawing on the personal stories of three circus performers. What happens if they let go?
Produced by Turtle Key Arts and directed by Charlotte Mooney of Ockham’s Razor, Atlas tells the story of a titan armed with nothing more than the intense physicality of circus skills, plastic toy animals, sandbags, golden apples and buckets full of wit and charm.
Oddly Moving have built a website called ‘Share your story’ to gather personal stories about people’s mental health and wellbeing which will be used to inform the show and be available to listen to online.
Atlas dates and venues
Tuesday, 8 March – The Lowry, Salford
Friday, 11 – Saturday, 12 March – Circomedia, Bristol
Thursday, 17 March – Jackson’s Lane, London
Friday, 13 May – Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Thursday, 19 May – Artsdepot, London
Friday, 3 June – Proteus Theatre, Basingstoke
For more information on the show, visit www.oddlymoving.co.uk.