Beyond The Ridiculous Art and Words
Dec 07 2017
Back in October, Beyond The Ridiculous, our company of fools, performed solo improvisation on the theme of risk, in a 3-night fool fest called Cliff Jumping For Beginners, as part of Circus City Festival.
Three fantastic artists, a brilliant photographer and 2 wonderful writers sat in the audience, responding to our playtime with images and words.
The photo at the top of this blog is by Alex Tabrizi. It captures the final moments of the final show, when I'd just played my first ever solo alongside the company.
Next up is a sketch by Sarah Corbett from the first night. I just love what she's done with my eyes! Sarah mostly worked in pencil, quickly defining our archetypal shapes in a series of sketches.
Chris Harrison managed to squeeze the whole of the second night on one piece of paper!
This one is from the final night. Spencer Rouse worked quickly, interpreting our individual energy in a series of portraits in charcoal and oil paint.
This show was also distilled into words by wonder-blogger, Cat Murphy.
"Fooling is improvised, so nobody knows what will happen next, until it does. The audience is plunged into the deep end of the player/s’ world: a kaleidoscopic, one-man-band of human experience."
"The theme of the show was Risk: the gravity that keeps fool and audience dancing in orbit, allowing a unique chemistry to flicker between them."
"Cliff Jumping For Beginners demonstrated the positive power of just doing the things we wish we could, using the timeless argument: what’s the worst that could happen?"
You can read the full article here.
The next 6 pictures are of a concrete poem written by our writer in residence, James Crawley. What Is A Fool lovingly encapsulates the first night of Cliff Jumping For Beginners.
We're incredibly grateful to have had this connection with these 6 brilliant artists. Their works of art are an extraordinary celebration of the moment where their creativity met ours, producing a series of pieces that are bigger than the sum of their parts.
For more of the artwork from Cliff Jumping For Beginners, check out the Beyond The Ridiculous Facebook page here.
To see more of Alex Tabrizi's photos of the night, click here.