This work is centred on what Nobel-prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman calls the two selves – the experiencing self that lives each moment and the remembering self that constructs the story afterwards. We overwhelmingly value the remembering self – a screech at the end of a symphony ruins the whole. Sensory Decadence aims to explore a world where the experiencing self is triumphant. Our hope is this world becomes a positive portrayal of decadence, rooted in sensation rather than status.
An illustration of why we think this project is important can be found in opals: modern synthetic opals are physically indistinguishable from natural opals but are much less valued. Here the extra cost is purely the ‘story’ of the dangerous mining process and rarity of the material. Sensory Decadence rejects this thinking to focus on pure experience, enlisting common materials that are rich in sensation – golden syrup, the smell of bread baking, dirt.
This show will be a decadent experience for the audience – an overwhelming degustation of sensation that shares delight in the simple yet rich material of our everyday world. The circus artist’s work is to push the limits of what the human body can physically do – Sensory Decadence expands this to push the limits of how much sensation can be packed into a single moment.
We’re thrilled to be working with the incredible acrobats, Ryan Darwin, Ellen Grow, and Latonya Wigginton. We also working with an awesome design team, with lighting design by John Collopy, set/costume design by Stephanie Howe, composition by Duane Morrison, and dramaturgy by Debra Batton.
We would like to especially thank all those that have supported us up to this point as our company has grown – we’ve now performed across four continents to thousands of audience members!
We’re asking for $10,000 dollars to support the development of Sensory Decadence. All donations above two dollars are tax deductible, we would also love to recognise all supporters on our Facebook page.
We also invite donors who are able to contribute $500 or more to join us as ‘Friends of One Fell Swoop’
All donations go directly toward:
– artists fees for rehearsals
– design fees for our composer, set/costume designer, lighting designer and dramaturg
– aerial equipment
We would love for you to come and see our show. Book tickets here
Find out more about us at our website: www.onefellswoopcircus.com
Thank you so much!
Jonathan and Charice