– Boldly progressing backwards

Pendulum is two aristocrats’ cavalcade of self-reinforcing idiocracies and a peculiar fascination with everything that sways, cradles or swings.

Well-equipped with pocket watches, monocles and promising ingenuity that had previously led their peers to ground-breaking discoveries, two noblemen set out on a journey of inexplicable importance. In the familiar surroundings of upper-class comfort not even stupidity stands in the way of these two and their ingenious discoveries.

Slowly, it dawns on them however, that not everything is as it once was, for what is Nobility without riches, servants and reason?

Horror film esthetics and eternal restlessness

All the things that constantly move back and forth is the essence of restlessness! Yet, we find in these motions an intrinsic comforting, as if they remind us of an experience before consciousness.

The performance aims to combine the explosiveness and action of circus with the human physical response to gentle constant movement.

Behind this physical comedy Pendulum are Thom Monckton and Luis Sartori do Vale.

Luis Sartori do Vale (1982) is a performer / visual artist from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, based in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to his own projects, he has worked with instructors such as Rolf Alme, Liisa Risu, Reynaldo Ramperssad, Petri Dish, Archaos, Les 7 Doigts de la Main and Hurjaruuth. In 2012 he founded the Finnish company Nuua, with which he was subsequently selected for the international project Circus Next with the performance LENTO. With the same performance he was awarded the jury’s special prize in the 35th edition of the festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, in Paris.

Thom Monckton: “This pile of bones stacked for approx. 179 cm high, came into existence around 1985 and for some reason decided that the accompanying DNAcid should work best as a circus artist. You can most likely catch examples of the ship’s work at Kallo Collective or with Circo Aereo. “

World premiere: 31.1.2020 DYNAMO workspace, Odense, Denmark

Genre: Contemporary circus


Teaser 1- Pendulum from Luis Sartori do Vale on Vimeo.