A quartet sets up on stage, and the musicians tune their instruments while acrobats warm up. Their movements are restless, uncertain, leaving the audience to wonder if everything will go as planned… Confronted with a very large cube in the middle of the stage, the performers take turns shoving each other around, muttering to themselves, getting worked up, playing and dancing as they constantly look for new ways to conquer the obstacle in their path and forge ahead.
We all know that failure shakes us up, leads us to question ourselves and forces us to confront our demons. But when we accept failure instead of denying it, it propels us forward, helps us to bounce back, invent new ways of doing things, go down new paths, ask questions and reinvent ourselves. So why don’t we look at failure—even though it can be frightening and hard to accept—as a valuable ally︎, a trusty friend who always stimulates the creativity of those who know how to accept it? Failure doesn’t have to represent an impasse or the end of something; it can be the beginning of something else! Bounce! is a joyful examination of failure, the universal experience that can be the unexpected point of departure for new adventures full of surprises.
Founded by Thomas Guerry and Camille Rocailleux in 2001 in Lyon, France, Arcosm produces works driven by a communicative energy, creating an expressive universe that speaks to audiences of all ages. Now with eight shows under its belt, the company has created several productions that portray variations on the human condition in its trademark selfdeprecating style.
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