A man in a black suit and white shirt stands in a boat, head thrown back, one hand gripping the boat's mast as a fake raincloud rains water down on him.


VESSEL, Acrojou

Thur 30th Mar – Fri 31st Mar 2017, Market Place, Newbury

Combining acrobatics, physical theatre and video projected onto water, Vessel’s bitter-sweet after dark performance in Newbury’s Market Square told one suited everyman’s story of the meaning of life, impermanence and the weather.

With the entire performance taking place in an innovative boat-like set with a cloud canopy hovering just above, one performer, then two, danced in water and rainfall, creating Acrojou’s signature emotional imagery and visual poetry.

A disco dance with a red balloon, a music theatre style piece to a big band swing soundtrack, the vision of an eye and a rose projected onto a wall of rainfall, and a man lying as if in a coffin, all evoked impressions of a life flashing past, and memories and losses, adrift between life and death. Vessel looked at how to make the most of ‘now’, through the lens of death.

Vessel 2017

This was a preview performance by independent, artist-led company Acrojou, whose mission is to create ambitious physical performance with integrity: work addressing the human condition that is both accessible and challenging.

This work was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It was Co-commissioned by Vivacity Peterborough, The Gulbenkian Canterbury and Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, in partnership with 101 at Corn Exchange Newbury, The Point Eastleigh, and Jasmin Vardinmon Company.