‘Breathe’ is a breathtaking outdoor performance of circus, dance and cabaret where people who cannot walk will fly, wheelchairs will float, those without voices will speak and all will soar high above Weymouth. A local and international cast of disabled and non disabled performers will perform the most diverse outdoor performance the South West has ever seen.
Created by four leading disabled artists: Jamie Beddard, Alex Bulmer, Dave Toole and Mat Fraser, this unparalleled and inspirational event will explore the workings of, and assumptions around unique bodies. Local theatre groups The Remix and Double Act will join together with two Brazilian companies APAE Floripa and Estacao Duncar, Florianopolis, Brazil to create this spectacle before an audience of15,000 on Weymouth beach. The performance will tell the story of the Olympian god of wind, Aeolis, the stealing of the wind by Doldrum, it’s recapture and the releasing of the wind back to Weymouth to allow the sailing events to begin.
Organisations involved include: Cirque Bijou, Activate Performing Arts, Desperate Men, State of Emergency (dance), Diverse City, Double Act (Disability Theatre Co.), The Remix (Integrated Youth Performance Company), JAM (event production) and APAE (integrated youth dance company in Florianopolis, Brazil).
Breathe has been commissioned for Unlimited, a project celebrating disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.