AMYGDALA
 

An immersive performance that reflects the human presence in the natural world. 

 
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CIE C A T A L Y S T 

is a collaboration between Rosario Marco Amato , Marina Mezzogiorno-Brown and Natalie Oleinik. 

 

AMYGDALA

is a full-length creation designed for theatre, chapiteau and art spaces. 
 

A  LIVING  I N S T A L L A T I O N

is a scenic space that includes the audience and evolves around it. 

The performers mix the animate with the inanimate, the human with the inhuman, the circus body with the art object, to ultimately question the divisions drawn between these.

Inspired by the installation format exhibited in visual arts spaces, participants are submerged in an intimate and dynamic space which asks them to overcome the expectations of passive entertainment traditionally associated with a circus audience. 

 
 
 

What memory will we be for future generations?

 
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The materials

in Amygdala are essentially trash (plastic, paper drop cloths), and are strangling the organic world. Using these to make something beautiful--something that reflects the earth’s movement--reminds the viewer that the materials we produce come from the organic world and will continue to be part of it when we are gone.


The earth

changes in cycles and humans participate: seasons, tides, long-term heating and cooling, growth and collapse in species. Humanity’s cycles of surge and decline happen in tandem with earth in a constant negotiation of power between people and their environments.

In Amygdala, we are trying to offer a different type of negotiation, both with each other and our surroundings: destruction is not an ending, but rather the passage into a new beginning.

What will begin out of our destruction?

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During the performance

the artists construct and deconstruct geological and man-made forms, speaking to humanity’s participation in cyclical changes on the broad scale. They compose scenes by adapting with the others and the objects already on stage, adding to the offered forms or moving into them, versus imposing the form.

The common, immersive experience reconnects people with their environment, even if only for an hour, giving them the tools to continue to do so outside of the artistic space.

 
 
 

Marina

discovered circus in New York in 2009. She studied aerial arts at The Circus Warehouse while finishing her bachelor’s degree in Ethnography and Contemporary Art at The Evergreen State College. In 2011 she moved to Italy for advanced training at FLIC circus school, where she focused on aerial rope. She has studied with Elodie Doñaque (aerial research), Peter Jasko (contemporary dance), and Jean Menigault (clown). She has worked with MagdaClan Circo, Petr Forman, and UMO Ensemble.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Natalie

is a circus artist originally from Southern California. She studied at the National Circus School of Montreal from 2008 to 2011, specializing in aerial rope. In 2012 she moved to France to join Les Colporteurs on the creation of the show Le Bal des Intouchables, and a tour which lasted two years. In 2013 she started her own project Manor House, which culminated in the production of a short film. She is now based in Toulouse.

 
 
 
 

Rosario

trained at FLIC circus school as an acrobat-handstand artist (2004-06). Upon finishing school he traveled throughout Europe to deepen his knowledge and continue his training, where he met and studied with some of the premier acrobat-dancers on the continent such as Roberto Olivan, Ben Fury, and Piergiorgio Milano. He performed with his former company Caratomic, recipient of the EU’s Transmission award for the performing arts, across Europe. He has worked for No Gravity Dance Company and currently works for MagdaClan Circo.

 
 
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