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NoFit State bring Bianco to the Southbank this Christmas

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a critically-acclaimed world tour, the UK’s leading circus company, NoFit State, are bringing their ground-breaking promenade show Bianco to London’s Southbank Centre for the first time. Directed by Firenza Guidi, it runs from November 23, 2016 to January 22, 2017.

Bianco, which promises to be more impressive and spectacular than ever before, was previously seen at the Roundhouse in 2013.

Pioneers of contemporary circus, NoFit State will bring their silver spaceship Big Top to Southbank Centre’s Hungerford Car Park, creating a new and memorable addition to London’s iconic landscape.

Bianco is a promenade experience unlike any other. With innovative rigging and counter-weighting techniques, it takes place above, behind and all around the audience, in an up-close and all-consuming theatrical spectacular.

The boundaries between artist and audience are broken down, immersing them in an intimate world of breath-taking and powerful performances, accompanied by an electrifying live band with an eclectic original score.

Rather than relying on a linear narrative, Bianco takes the audience on a journey of individual interpretation, creating a unique experience for all spectators. A production where the music, costumes, props, lighting and design influence the action as much as the story, Bianco creates a personal experience that is engaging and accessible for all ages.

Rupert Thomson, Senior Programmer for Performance and Dance, Southbank Centre said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming the world-class NoFit State company to Southbank Centre this winter, with a revamped version of their hit circus show Bianco. There is a great spirit to the company, and the style with which they work carries through beautifully to the show itself. NoFit State will offer audiences something altogether different and we can’t wait to have them a part of our jam-packed and diverse winter programme.”

Tom Rack, Artistic Director, NoFit State said: “We are thrilled to be bringing Bianco back to London, and to Southbank Centre for their Winter Festival supported by NatWest. This is the first time the show has performed in England in three years, and it’s going to be great to spend this winter closer to home.

Bianco has captivated and captured the hearts and minds of audiences in Hong Kong, New York, Australia, and in every corner of Europe. We are sure that London is going to love this raw, raucous and infectious contemporary circus experience.”

Bianco has music direction by David Murray, production design by Saz Moir, lighting by Adam Cobbley, costumes by Rhiannon Matthews and rigging design by Lyndall Merry.

NoFit State’s Big Top

Bringing together some of the most talented international circus performers with a diverse range of skills, the company of Bianco includes Lyndall Merry (Head Rigger/Performer), Joachim Aussibal, Junior Barbosa, François Bouvier, Edd Casey, Delia Ceruti, Augusts Dakteris, Jani Foldi, Enni Lymi, Felipe Nardiello, Jessica O’Connor, Danilo Pacheco, Blaze Tarsha, Lee Tinnion, Cecilia Zucchetti, and musicians Matt Collins, Doug Kemp, Annette Loose, and Andy Moore.

NoFit State Circus is presents Bianco in partnership with Southbank Centre as part of Winter Festival supported by NatWest.

Image (top): Bianco taken in New York. Photographer/Creator: Maike Schulz.

On Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2016, NoFit State Circus offer a variety of workshops in Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall for all ages and abilities.

Children aged 7-12 years have the opportunity to explore soft youth circus skills including juggling, hula hoop, basic tumbling, poi, plate-spinning, diabolo and scarf juggling. A tight-wire area allows parents/guardians to help their child walk the tight-wire with a helping hand.

Ages 12+ and adults can explore additional skills including club and ball juggling, acrobalance and advanced tumbling.

The 45 minute workshops take place at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. For further details visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk/.

There will also be a 45 minute pre-show Q&As on Thursday, January 5 and Tuesday, January 10, 2017, when the company and creative team discuss how Bianco is created. Free with purchased tickets for the show (limited availability). For further details visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk/.

For more information visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/winter-festival or nofitstate.org/.

NoFit State’s Big Top in Hungerford Car Park, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX