How Like An Angel is a show for the six acrobats of Australian contemporary circus group Circa and the nine singers of I Fagiolini.
The idea of putting the two groups together came from Jonathan Holloway, former director of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival and now at Perth International Arts Festival (where the show was premiered). The show was created by Yaron Lifschitz and Robert Hollingworth, Circa and I Fagiolini’s respective directors.
“The starting point of How Like An Angel was to make a show which was as much about the four UK cathedrals where we would go on to perform it as about the performers who would make the show,” says Robert Hollingworth. “I could see how the beautiful work of Circa could forge a human relationship with the cathedrals and challenge everyone’s relationship to these buildings – connected with formal worship and conceived in very different times. And the music (even the variety we present in the show: Renaissance motets, a medieval monody, South African church music and a commission from Adrian Williams) would have an intrinsic relation to such spaces. But circus and a capella vocal music function in such fundamentally different ways that making something more than a soundtrack to the physical action initially foxed us.
“What made the show and became apparent over the rehearsal and performance process was both groups’ commitment to each other and to the spaces they performed in. Rudi Mineur (acrobat) talks about this in the film, referring not to the amazing ‘tricks’ but to the expressive language through which Circa communicates and which became heavily affected by the extraordinary spaces they found themselves in.
Polyphonic Films presents a response to the show in film, capturing the essence of this ground-breaking collaboration. The film of the show is a work of art in itself and not ‘the show’, which you need to be there to appreciate. But it gives a very good idea, for anyone who doesn’t get the chance to see it live, or who wants to relive the experience.”
The film was released on DVD in May 2013. Click here for more details.
In the summer of 2013, the show returned to tour to Brighton, Norwich, Salisbury and London with sold-out audiences and great reviews.