Set at a transformable bar and deftly blurring the boundaries between watching and socialising, Bar Story is a new outdoor work created in collaboration between Artstrust Productions and Etta
Ermini Dance Theatre. The work is a 25-minute portrayal of two bar tenders and a punter engaged in a quirky Saturday night escapade at the local pub. It uses humour, high energy dancing and acrobat- ics, non-verbal story telling and insightful observation to make an entertaining commentary on 21st century social interaction and communication issues.
The bar is used by three experienced performers skilled in various dance styles including contemporary and urban dance, as well as acrobatics, acro-balancing and physical theatre as a set to perform on and as a potential real bar for spectators before the show, enhancing the sense of a bar/pub setting, and developing a sense of participation. The bar is a pivotal element in the show, transforming the space, enhancing the narrative through bar-specific props, spurting water and its multifunctional character.
“There was a good crowd, all enjoying themselves. The set provides an extra dimension in the piece- very clever with all the gadgets and gizmos! The performance style was very engaging, mixing up dance with acrobatics and clow-ning.” Sarah Trist, independent producer STDMA
“Bar Story is a well crafted whirlwind of precision point acrobatics, engaging dance segments and outstanding physical humour. My face ached from smiling.” Katy Noakes, producer ReStaged
“I enjoyed the combination of the skills of the mixed discipline artists in the piece very much. It worked really well for Greenwich&Docklands International Festival. “ Ellie Beedham, producer, The Place