Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Breath Taking Acrobatics at the Newbury Corn Exchange

Head to the Corn Exchange in Newbury on Friday 20 April for an evening of breath-taking acrobatics and circus theatre, in Knot.

Presented by acrobatic duo Nikki & JD, Knot tells the story of two acrobats – one gay and one straight – knotted together in an unconventional relationship while struggling to find love. The performance, which uses circus to consider the reality of intimacy, is a captivating exploration of LGBTQIA+ identity and the bonds of companionship.

This is a chance encounter between two acrobats, one a frustrated lover and the other a jilted dreamer. It is the story of two hearts making sense of imperfection. Knot is a funny and moving piece of circus theatre combining astonishing partner acrobatics, dance and storytelling.

Working with rising star Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance, Nikki & JD combine a theatrical narrative with stunning acrobatic skills to examine their own relationship, its durability and intensity. Their hand-to-hand skills express, in stunning displays of strength and trust, the tension and dependency between two people.

Performer and co-creator Nikki Rummer comments,

“We wanted the reality of our partnership to be the centre of the performance. Whenever we get off stage, people say to us, ‘You must really trust each other!’ Which is true, I trust JD not to drop me, and he trusts me not to kick him in the head. But underneath that is a much richer mix of fondness and irritability and creative compatibility. Humour is so important to telling the story of what ‘lies beneath the surface’, and movement can be such a powerful means of showing the emotion.”

Raw, funny and beautifully heartbreaking, don’t miss your chance to see Knot at the Corn Exchange on Friday 20 April, 7pm. Tickets £15 (£13 concessions, £8 under-25s). Age guide 12+. To book tickets please visit www.cornexchangenew.com or call the Box Office on 0845 5218 218 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).