The­atre group seeks pitch black back­drop

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

A com­mu­nity the­atre cir­cus is in dire need of a black back­drop.

At the end of the month Sil­ver Cir­cle Pro­duc­tions will per­form Be­tween Worlds, a col­lab­o­ra­tive show with the West City Con­cert Band.

But a change of venue has meant the group is with­out an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of the pro­duc­tion.

Typ­i­cally per­form­ing in the Rose Cen­tre in Bel­mont with a black back­drop, the group has had to move to the Avondale Col­lege Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre to fit a live or­ches­tra.

‘‘What we didn’t re­alise is they don’t have a back­drop, they ba­si­cally have a painted wall at the back, which is white,’’ per­former Beth St Claire says.

While this is ad­e­quate for parts of the show, an all-black act re­quires a purely dark back- ground, she says.

‘‘You can’t do a black-light act with peo­ple in black do­ing mys­te­ri­ous things against a white back­ground be­cause it doesn’t mean any­thing,’’ she says. ’’In that par­tic­u­lar scene the idea is that ev­ery­thing is black ex­cept for parts of the cos­tumes and char­ac­ters … so ba­si­cally all the el­e­ments float in a black space.’’ The ac­ro­bat­ics per­formed al­low op­ti­cal il­lu­sions to be cre­ated such as peo­ple fly­ing through the air.

The group is call­ing to the­atre net­works to a bor­row a black back­drop so they don’t have to re­write the show.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be quite fun and quirky but it only works if we’re against a black back­ground,’’ St Claire says.

‘‘If it gets to a white back­ground all the black fig­ures do­ing things are purely vis­i­ble against the white back­ground so there’s no mys­tery any­more.’’

Pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial for the per­for­mance de­scribes Be­tween Worlds as a full length cir­cus and live mu­sic ex­trav­a­ganza.

Loosely based on the myth of Or­pheus and Eury­dice, it is a story of find­ing strength in the most un­ex­pected of places told through a cast of acro­bats and dancers along­side a live con­cert band. Formed in 2008 Sil­ver Cir­cle Pro­duc­tions write per­for­mances by group mem­bers which in­clude pro­fes­sion­ally trained acro­bats, dancers and chore­og­ra­phers. They prac­tice in Pon­sonby and wel­come any­one who’s in­ter­ested in learn­ing new skills. If you have ac­cess to a back­drop that Sil­ver Cir­cle can bor­row then con­tact Pra­line Par­fait on 021 044 8170.

Be­tween Worlds per­forms Fri­day Septem­ber 30 and Satur­day Oc­to­ber 1.

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Sil­ver Cir­cle Pro­duc­tions in re­hearsal.

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