History

The Battle for the Winds show is being created from an original concept developed in 2007 by Desperate Men and Cirque Bijou as a response to the Legacy Trust call for commissions to create a region wide project for the Cultural Olympiad.

The project is rooted in universal stories like the Odyssey and Arthurian legends. It is about challenge and trial, the challenges that we face as individuals and communities in order to meet our aspirations. This reflects the challenge inherent in the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games – the challenge and trial that athletes engage with in seeking to become the best in the world. By sharing the challenges that matter to us we also reflect on and celebrate our culture.

In essence we are using the connections between the Olympic sailing events, the need for wind, and classical Greek myths and legends as our starting point. In the Odyssey adverse winds are restrained within a leather bag and part of the story relates how they were unwittingly released with dire consequences for Odysseus and his crew. From this we are bridging ideas to connect to stories of the South West using the themes of wind, breath, air and voice as the common threads.