Circus in a Bottle is an interactive and immersive live performance presented using digital and augmented reality. We follow ‘The Barker’ who, despite growing up in the Circus, has inherited none of his family’s skills. Touring big tops with his grandiose father, he witnessed it all; acts that defied logic, defined generations and underlined the majesty of the sawdust ring. But now, those once great Circus names have vanished into history for good… or have they?
The Barker and his miniature assistant recreate these Circus acts from bygone years before your very eyes. Once told, he packs these stories into a suitcase ready to take to the road.
This incredible experience fuses cutting edge technology with live performance. Audiences, using Magic Leap AR headsets, will uncover some of the trapeze-like highs and the crushing lows of life under the big top.
Trajectory Theatre is a registered charity whose mission is to demonstrate the potential of immersive digital art and to empower those who wish to use it to express their experiences of the world. As well as working with major cultural organisations, such as the National Theatre, the Young Vic and Donmar Warehouse, we engage creatives at various levels of their careers to produce innovative new work.
This project was created by Roderick Morgan and Thomas Jancis.
Roderick Morgan has played roles in the creation and delivery of a number of significant works from UK makers. He was part of the team that delivered ‘Draw Me Close’, the critically acclaimed digital art work that merges the worlds of live performance and animation to create an unforgettable encounter between a mother and son. Roderick has also worked with: the National Dance Company of Wales, the National Gallery, the University of Westminster’s XR Lab, and , StoryFutures Academy the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling.
Thomas Jancis is a writer and performer working mostly in interactive and immersive theatre. He has performed with ‘Parabolic Theatre’ and written for ‘Immercity’ and was nominated for a Total Theatre award for Innovation with the relational theatre group 'The Butlers' in 2012. He is a cast member of the online RPG group ‘Roll Together’ and one of the hosts of their chatshow ‘Talk Together’.
Press & Reviews
"[K]inestetic touch-points pull our spatial senses away from the boundaries of the room (which could be anywhere and therefore doesn't matter) and into the cozy circle of the table, our host, and our companions' smiles at the charming little transparent performer capering between us."
"I found it difficult to contain my unbridled joy when I first had the Magic Leap goggles on and saw beautifully clear 3D imagery pop up onto the table."
Cast & Creative Team Creator/Technologist : Roderick Morgan
Creator/Performer : Thomas Jancis