Country Australia

Discipline Physical theater

Recomended for General Audience

Duration 25 minutes

Language Non verbal

Dates January 4 and 5, 18.00h (Santiago) | January 10 and 11, 18.30h (La Pintana)

Warning The show lasts 25 minutes, plus extra time to jump around on the trampolines. For all ages, with parental supervision for children using the trampolines.

A performance that will have you bouncing off the walls

The Daily Telegraph

Australian group Legs On The Wall comes to Santiago to invite the public to join in with and quite literally get carried away by their high-impact trampoline show, Highly Sprung. The team, made up of some of Australia’s best performers and athletes, is set to take Santiago by storm, surprising inhabitants and passers-by with their extraordinary talent and appealing physical storytelling, something they are renowned for worldwide. The most exciting thing is that, as each performance unfolds, the stage becomes a kind of amusement park where the audience – both young and old – are invited to take off their shoes and jump around. Be warned: this isn’t just a show, it’s an experience in itself and it’s not just for children. Adults, be ready to jump and bound around too, as well as to laugh and start new conversations. This is an opportunity to reconnect with our bodies and go back to our childhoods in a show that’s a collection of images and stories, combining trampolines, acrobatics, dance, physical theater, humor and music. Highly Sprung is an unexpected break that everyone can enjoy.

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Legs On The Wall

Legs On The Wall is an Australian physical theater company that has been based in Sydney since its creation in 1984. Their work is a combination of acrobatics, dance, circus acts and music in open-air projects that are a way of bringing communities together. The company’s approach is based on telling stories using bodies and movements. They have performed in cities all over the world and have won awards on numerous occasions. They took part in the opening of the Cultural Olympics in London (2012) and in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Co-creators Joshua Thomson and Lee-Anne Litton | Creative producer Cecily Hardy | Set designer and painter George Rose | Composer and sound designer Ben Ely | Technical designer Alejandro Rolandi | Performers (TBC) Johnas Liu, Liam Lind, Jacob Hunt, Erin Barney | Head of production TBC | Stage director and supervisors TBC

  • Legs On The Wall is a legendary Australian physical theater company that, as well as having performed in different parts of the world, has also won some of the most important performing arts awards in Australia, such as the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (1994) and the Helpmann Award (2006).

  • Highly Sprung is a unique street intervention performance that aims to interrupt the daily grind of Santiago’s pedestrians and involve them in a show full of energy, slowing down the face-paced city and breathing new life into common and well-known urban areas. It changes citizens’ routines by bringing them together around an original and colorful stage, creating an opportunity that individuals of all ages, social classes and cultures can share in. The company describes the experience as “an explosive, inclusive and high-impact open-air trampoline piece”.

  • Highly Sprung is a opportunity to see one of the best and most dynamic Australian examples of a discipline involving physical skill perform live: the cast includes a gymnastics champion, a parkour artist, a contemporary dancer, a break-dancer who won the ‘best wall runner’ title in Australia and a Olympic trampoline champion. The members of Legs On The Wall travelled Australia for a year looking for the talented team that are the stars of the show today.

  • At the end of each show, the public is invited to get involved and climb onto the trampolines, supervised by the actors. This is always a very popular part of Legs On The Wall’s performances. It gives the audience the opportunity to relax and be part of the show, turning Highly Sprung into much more than a simple trampoline show. This is one of the company’s aims: to create experiences that have an impact on the community by including them on the stage
  • Physical theater. This is the name given to a type of theater based on the body’s expressive and communicative abilities, in performances whose aim is to tell a story mainly through bodily movements. It has its roots in Noh Japanese theater, in renaissance comedy, in certain branches of Asian theater and in mime and its modern version is normally said to have originated in the first half of the twentieth century, with creators such as the Briton Edward Gordon Craig or Frenchman Antonin Artaud, who gave priority to action and sound over words. Some of its most important theorists and devotees come from France: Jacques Copeau (1879-1949), Étienne Decroux (1898-1991), Jean-Louis Barrault (1910-1994) and Jacques Lecoq (1921-1999).

  • Street theater. This is the name given to outdoor theater presentations in public which don’t charge an entrance fee, performed on urban stages so a large number of people can see them. It emerged as a way of emancipating the working-class and reinforcing the revolutionary feeling against the powers-that-be at the beginning of the twentieth century. Later, it was developed as a way of making theater more democratic and of taking it to different parts of the city.

  • Parkour. This discipline, of French origin, involves people jumping over any urban obstacle that gets in their way at high speed, using acrobatics to move from one place to the next without any kind of equipment. Parkour includes movements like running, jumping and climbing and is inspired by the obstacle courses that are part of military training.

  • More about the show. Australian group Legs On The Wall’s approach is ambitious: taking our childhood memories of trampolines and turning them into energetic and explosive physical theater. In the open air and in the middle of the city, Highly Sprung transforms a public place into a stage. Using just bodies and no words, the story of the daily challenges facing a group of people - who must overcome an unending series of obstacles to begin their days - is told. A cross between sport, contemporary dance, acrobatics, parkour, street theater and trampoline gymnastics, Legs On The Wall turns the passers-by and office workers wandering through the city at rush hour into spectators and participants, inviting them to take off their shoes and jump around with the dancers.

«Highly Sprung is a wild ride of acrobatics and sky-high storytelling that gives the audience the chance to leap and bound around a multi-level trampoline stage»

The Daily Telegraph

«Risky, brave and sometimes savage»

—The Sun Herald

A performance that will have you bouncing off the walls

The Daily Telegraph

«Highly Sprung is a wild ride of acrobatics and sky-high storytelling that gives the audience the chance to leap and bound around a multi-level trampoline stage»

The Daily Telegraph

«Risky, brave and sometimes savage»

—The Sun Herald

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