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Knee Deep - Riverside Studios

Knee Deep

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a hit run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, internationally renowned circus company Casus is bringing Knee Deep to Riverside Studios, where it runs for a limited season – from May 28 to June 22, 2013.

Through bold, quirky and captivating performance, the four members of Casus – Emma Serjeant, Jesse Scott, Natano Fa’anana and Lachlan McAulay – bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into this innovative work, having previously performed extensively in Australia and around the world with C!RCA, Legs on the Wall, Polytoxic and Briefs.

Knee Deep sees bodies pushed and pulled, weighed and tested, probing the limits of both physicality and feeling.

As unlikely bonds are forged and acts of intimacy cohabit space with thrilling physical feats, viewers are invited to re-imagine notions of our limitations. Using traditional and contemporary circus techniques, Knee Deep journeys through moments of raw discovery, fleeting relationships and unexpected bonds.

The four artists reveal that delicacy does not necessarily equate to fragility, although it is often a fine line they tread.

Emma Serjeant commenced her circus training at the age of 20, graduating from the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2006 after three years of training under the internationally renowned trainer Guang Rong Lu. She began her career as a freelance soloist, focusing mainly on the skill of hand balancing. She then joined internationally renowned company C!rca, travelling extensively throughout the world.

Jesse Scott is a graduate of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus where he spent 11 years training and touring under a selection of the world’s greatest circus trainers. After graduating in 2004, he toured as a freelance performer working with companies including Legs on the Wall, A4 Circus Ensemble, Candy Stripe Circus and The Australian Opera. He has also performed with the Brewarrina Youth Circus and Flipside Circus.

In 2008, Scott became a full time ensemble member with Circa, Australia’s leading contemporary Circus. He worked with the company for three years touring internationally and performing at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Highlights include two seasons at the Barbican Theatre, La Tohu in Montreal, and opening and headlining the Montreal Circus Festival and Dublin International Theatre Festival.

Natano Fa’anana is the sixth member of Polytoxic Theatre Company, the co-creator and performer of Briefs: All Male Review and contemporary circus company, Casus. His unconventional method of learning circus from individuals rather than schools or institutions has allowed him to create a unique style.

His fresh approach to circus draws inspiration from his Pacific routes and his style is now recognised widely by the Circus community. Fa’anana specializes in aerial acts but he is also a trainer for Brisbane-based companies Circa, Flipside Youth Circus and numerous community outreach arts organisations. He has been engaged as an arts worker for Human Ventures (formerly Speak Out), teaching circus skills, dance and music to children in some of Queensland’s most remote indigenous communities.

Lachlan McAulay was also a member of Australia’s leading youth circus, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, where he began his life of training, touring and performing throughout Australia and the world. In 2008, he was invited to Brisbane to create new work with Circa. He then became a full-time ensemble member, performing at the Galway International Arts Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Oz Regional Festival.

Tickets: £20, £18 concessions. £30 Front Row Premium Seats. All are available from the box office on 0208 237 1111 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Friday at 7.30pm, Saturdays at 5.30pm and 7.30pm, Sundays at 6pm.

Special Schools Performance: June 11 at 1pm.