By Caitlin Bryant
Montreal’s Nouveau Theatre video
After premiering at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it took home the Three Weeks Editors Award, the Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, LEO received this review from theatre critic Thomas Haywood: “LEO is a superb physical one-man dance show… mind-bending, illusionistic and spellbinding… This show is destined for a great future.”
Haywood’s intuition was right. Since then, LEO has toured numerous cities throughout the UK, US, Iran, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, and Zimbabwe. LEO has taken the international theatre community by storm – so much so, that they’ve had to train two additional actor-acrobats, Julian Schulz from Berlin and William Bonnet from France will also play the role of the “imaginary cosmonaut” named Leo.
Chamaleon Theatre Berlin, Germany
It’s really no surprise that LEO is enjoying such great success. This comedic piece of physical theatre is a funny, surreal, and surprisingly touching work that challenges the senses and tests perceptions of reality through the clever interplay of live performance and video projection. This creation by the innovative Berlin-based production company Circle of Eleven leaves audience members wondering which way is up and which way is down.
The Cultch presents LEO
But don’t take our word for it; check out the incredible buzz this show has created world-wide.
“LEO… does on its stage what Einstein and great physicists have dreamt of for ages… successfully break through the inter-space-time-continuum.” – Review Fix
“An eye-teasing, deeply impressive work of sustained absurdist magic.” – Time Out, New York
“Mr. Wegner knows just what he is doing, but his character has no idea: the man adjusts to a world of changed gravitational laws as the room around him becomes a fantastical playground.” – New York Times
“LEO uses an ingenious combination of stage design and video projections to create an unexpected environment for extraordinary feats of acrobatic theater in which “our hero” literally loses his sense of gravity and departs on a logic-defying adventure” – SHOWBIZZ CHICAGO
“By the end of the performance, your brain has been successfully hoodwinked: you almost forget to watch the performance in the real physical space, focusing all your attention on the fantasy taking place on the video projection,” – Edinburgh Spotlight
“A triumph of coordination, Leo interacted perfectly with… the physical challenges thrown his way by an ever-changing environment” – New Zealand International Arts Festival
LEO biscuit trailer
Interview with Tobias Wegner
Visit Circle of Eleven’s website for Performer Tobias Wegner, Director Daniel Briere, and Creative Producer Gregg Parks artist’s statements. –
For more information, click here . Tickets are from $17 and may be purchased by visiting tickets.thecultch.com, by calling the box office at 604-251-1363, or in person at 1895 Venables St.
Tobias Wegner discusses LEO with a fascinated Gr. 1 class in Charleston, South Carolina
Only until Sunday, December 2: Purchase 4 or more tickets to LEO and enjoy 25% off Section A & B seats. This promotion is valid only for performances on December 4 – 9, 11 & 12. Offer valid with promo code GRAVITY25. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. No cash value. Offer may not be applied toward past purchases. This offer expires Sunday, December 2, 2012 at midnight.