It must be the best. It must.
The weight of nations on their shoulders, warring bodies cut through air in a fury of time and motion.
Milliseconds stretch into months and years and tucks and pikes.
A flame is flung from the ancient past into a burning present that is poised at the blocks of a glorious, muscular future.
Theatre collective Big Muscles Sad Heart turn the sporting spectacle on its head and turn their three ordinary bodies into athletic machines for the full length of a half-game.
Says producer and performer Sarah Easterman: “In this show, we delve into darkest aspects of sport – that ruthless, quasi-nationalistic dynamic that drives the whole spectacle – but we’ve also leaned into the absurdity of our imperfect bodies imitating these god-like athletic figures.”
Following Olympia Olympia! comes the premiere of Arena from award-winning choreographer Martin del Amo, featuring performance powerhouse Anton.
In Arena, a flamboyant gossip, a laconic cleaner and a highly-strung director, battle it out in a series of interlinking stories. Combining idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling, Arena conjures a diverse cast of oddball characters and draws them into a frenzied world of make-believe.
Choreographer del Amo said, “I’ve always been interested in integrating spoken text with movement and therefore Arena is an especially exciting project. Anton is the ideal collaborator for this work; he is one of the nation’s greatest dance-theatre performers and has an extraordinary knack for delivering text.”