The Feathers return to the VAULTS with Tarot, their ★★★★ Edinburgh fringe hit, reworked and reimagined, conjuring up a night of circus, music, improvisation and divination. Hosted by the enchanting Ruby Wednesday and accompanied by our phenomenal soul-funk band Yoshi, audience tarot readings guide our performers in this unpredictable tale, where all is possible, and everything is unexpected. When the first card is turned our journey begins. Will the fool become the empress or the king lose his crown? Will the lovers be trapped in the caverns of the moon or the stars shine down on the hapless hanged man? You can shuffle the deck, you can lay down the cards, but the fates will dictate who will fly and who will fall.
Our Arcana adventure has taken us full circle from the underground tunnels of the Vaults back in May 2019 where we presented our atmospheric R and D findings to sell out audiences. We then headed to the Edinburgh Fringe where we performed in the brand new Assembly Bijou spiegeltent throughout August, gained rave reviews, performed on the Best of the Fest and the List UK’s Night at the Museum at the National Museum of Scotland. Wee Review ★★★★ stated we have ‘a magnificent, magical circus display with an incredible soundtrack and a look to die for’, and Broadway Baby ★★★★ that ‘This show infuses this powerful cultural imagery with music, energy and impressive, highly-charged physical performance’. Most recently we performed Tarot at Underbelly Festival Southbank in September. We are delighted to be returning to the Vaults where this show was born with a brand new reworked version of the show exploring the entire tarot deck and introducing the enchanting Ruby Wednesday as our compere and Tarot card reader to give the show a new and exciting vibe.
Founded after our ★★★★★ Cambridge University children's show ‘Alice’ in 2016, in just 3 years we have worked with over 100 performers on two continents, created 5 full length shows seen by over 10,000 people. We are a company striving for unexpected multidisciplinary collaboration to promote circus as a powerful art form and collaborator, creating relevant experimental multidisciplinary work. Our first professional show Coppelia, 2017, a circus, spoken word and 16mm film adaptation of the ballet, won Arts Council Funding and a Lab:Time award from National Centre for Circus Arts. We presented at Jacksons Lane Theatre and at Edinburgh Fringe in Assembly’s Palais du Variete to great success. Gaining predominantly ★★★★ reviews, appearing twice on Best of the Fest and at the National Museum of Scotland. Coppelia was seen by 3500 people. Reviews said we ‘transgress all convention in genre, style and gender’ and our show ‘cannot be commended enough for its ingenuity, refreshing and transfixing directorial choices, and top class performances’ (fringe review). We completed a residency in Brazil in 2018, presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an immersive circus and music adaptation of Shakespeare, collaborating with Rosemary Dream and Circocan and giving workshops in circus storytelling. Our next show, Mythologue, a spoken word and circus retelling of Greek myths was made for CAN festival and Teatro Pedro Ivo. We have been developing Tarot throughout the past year and are excited to bring it back to the Vaults where it was born. Since the Vaults, Tarot was performed with Assembly Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe and Underbelly on the Southbank. Alongside Tarot we are working on a children's production called Sky in the Pie with Roger McGough, also presenting at VAULT Festival.Book Now
Wee Review ★★★★ ‘a magnificent, magical circus display with an incredible soundtrack and a look to die for’
EdFringe Review ★★★★ ‘Tarot is a spell-binding hour of incredible human feats that leaves you awestruck and changed. We’re not sure whether it’s theatre, or acrobatics, or dance, or comedy, or clairvoyance. The Feathers of Daedalus perform a jaw-dropping blend of all of these that combines to be truly mind- bending: this must be circus.’
Broadway Baby ★★★★ ‘Tarot cards occupy an interesting place in our culture, from esoteric symbols of divination to prisms through which psychoanalysts can explore subconscious archetypes. This show infuses this powerful cultural imagery with music, energy and impressive, highly-charged physical performance’.
The Mumble ★★★★ 'Poetic, but non verbose, humorous, but atmospheric at all times, ethereal or intense, Tarot is a soulful and playful journey that adjusts the past at the present and vice versa without feeling pretentious or forced.’
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