Signature Prop (12:13)

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

In the  Ockham’s Razor trilogy Arc, Memento Mori and Every Action… each episode builds an aerial choreography, and a narrative, around a different piece of custom equipment – in Arc a suspended raft made from a grid of scaffolding, inhabited by the survivors of a wreck; in Memento Mori a rigid metal portrait frame through which Death dances a young woman to her grave; in Every Action… a length of rope run over two pulleys to create a game of counterbalance and tenuous trust.

Here the company talk about their approach in making the trilogy, about the sweat and the work of circus, about the stories they find in exploring newly created pieces of aerial equipment, and about the debt they owe to the historic insight of a fourteenth century logician.