a circus theatre show inspired by nature

Bee-ology

Recently Graduated from Circomedia’s BA degree course with a First Class grade, She specialised in Juggling and Circus theatre. She has also woven a love of dance and movement into her practice. In a research project ‘How does a Bee juggle through Space?’, she began to apply dance theorist, Rudolf Laban’s Space harmony Theory to Juggling and is eager to delve deeper into this research and that of other dance theorists. Choreography that was devised using these techniques is integrated into the piece.

Tangling together everything she’s learned, Bee-ology is a personal story and a celebratory angle on issue based circus theatre.

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The work is inspired by cultural theorist, biologist and feminist Donna Harraway, who is “committed to art science worldings as sympoietic practices for living on a damaged planet”, and her book ‘Staying with the Trouble’. After contacting the author to seek approval of the use of the ideas, Harrway has said, “I would be honoured if you engaged my ideas in your practice”. Reflections of her ideas and creative use of language are threaded throughout the piece.

Emer weaves together the strings of circus, text, storytelling and her love of all things living. She grew up in rural Irish countryside and like most of us, is concerned about our future and human impact on our planet.

Bee-ology is Juggling and dance, entangled in Theatre. A sensitising celebration of art, biology and critters, human and not, of an understanding that to be a one at all, you must be a many.

Honey Bees use dance and movement to share critical information regarding food and resources. As an Artist Emer shares, through movement and performance, the idea that humans and all other living things are connected. Something that is as vital for our continued survival on this planet, as a Bee’s dance is to the survival of it’s collony.

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