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Lose yourself in wonder of aerial acrobatics show

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

  • Cutting edge: Ockham's Razor's aerial performances are breathtaking

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Forget seat numbers on this visit to the theatre, as you won't need them when Ockham's Razor return to Lincoln with their new show Not Until We Are Lost.

After their sell-out visit to the city last year, the aerial theatre company who mix circus, physical theatre and story-telling is back for seven days of performances starting Friday, February 15. And the new show will allow audiences to mingle through the actual performance and get very up close and personal if they choose to.

Inspired by the Henry David Thoreau quote: "Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves," this interactive performance is promising an emotive journey dissecting self discovery.

One of the founder members of the company, who is also performing in Not Until We Are Lost, Charlotte Mooney, says: "Henry David Thoreau was an American writer and philosopher from the 19th century. His sentiments are something everyone can understand, those points in life we are lost – it's an uncomfortable experience but it's in these tough times we discover something about ourselves. But we have to get to that place in order to progress.

"In Lincoln we will be in the old Drill Hall with those big vaulted ceilings. We always look at which site-specific elements we can play with."

Audiences will be able to choose how closely or how far away they want to become involved with the performance.

"The audience move through it. It's a promenade show so they will walk around and can be very close to the action if they want.

"We have wanted to do this for a long time, to have the audience move through a world and to be close to them and for them to view the aerial performance from different perspectives. For example, one piece is performed inside a Perspex tower – the performer is inside it. You can go up and touch it or choose to stand all the way back and see the whole piece and have a more distant view of it.

"There are six different sections in this show, each one looks at different elements of being lost and found or changing yourself – putting yourself in a place to re-find yourself. By the end you have a sense of the whole, and the feeling of being on a journey."

Local community choirs will also be part of the Lincoln performance.

Charlotte says: "We have put together a group for the show from lots of different choirs and singing groups locally. A choir director has been rehearsing with them and when we come up to the theatre we will start getting the choir in with us. That's an exciting moment as they start to see what the show is and their involvement in it."

The venue's director Simon Hollingworth describes having Ockham's Razor visit as a real coup for the Drill Hall: "This show is touring nationally but these are the only performances taking place anywhere in the East Midlands and I am just so chuffed that this show is coming to us. Audiences of all ages are in for such a treat … it's an astonishing display of graceful and thought-provoking acrobatics that will take people's breath away."

Lincoln Drill Hall, February 15-23. Tickets: £14 (£10 concs/children), £39 family/group ticket of four. Box office: 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

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