Five years ago the last of the world’s ice disappeared. A year after that the sport of ice dancing went with it. Tonight, Heap Krusiak and Pebble Adverati, the greatest ice dance pair the world has ever known, will attempt to bring back what the world took away, by performing their free dance on a stage with no ice.
6.0 is a beautiful and hilarious new play about loss, sport and what happens when our environment can no longer provide us with what we need. We are interested by the immediacy of the performers’ need for ice and the inability of the room, the theatre, they are in to provide it at that moment. How can the ‘show go on’ and what might this say about the environment on a bigger scale and of people’s ability to adapt, to create, to continue? It is about sport and how, like art, sport is the answer to a human impulse, a need to pursue perfection, truth and beauty. 6.0 is a climate change parable for our times, that holds the sportsman up as someone who does not accept defeat, who continues in the face of adversity, who pushes through boundaries, even when their sport has melted into spring.
6.0 premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2009 and has since toured extensively in the UK.
WINNER OF THE ARCHES BRICK AWARD
WINNER OF A GUARDIAN FRINGE ‘OSCAR’
SHORTLISTED FOR A TOTAL THEATRE AWARD
“brilliant…intelligent and rather poignant, too, in the way it shows two people beaming with misguided optimism in the face of calamity. Like all of us, Heap and Pebble just carry on regardless; their fixed smiles never slip even as the polar ice cap melts.”
The Guardian “Critics Picks”
“Genuinely thrilling to watch and yet entirely non-threatening, their gimmick works every time, and progressively so… this ‘climate change parable’ gets a 6.0 score”
“a stunningly simple idea that captures the clown’s essential conflict of optimism and futility… it has the intelligence, depth and imagery to linger with you. In fact, the more you think about Heap and Pebble’s plight, the more they’ll melt your heart.”
Culture Wars, Matt Trueman
“terrific… a beautifully conceived piece of physical theatre with such talent for both comic timing and physical performance”
“The play, the acting, the whole performance is a remarkable invention, a collection of dualisms; a tower of whimsy but also a beacon of hope, a funny story and a desperate tale, a story of obsession and freedom.”
“It doesn’t rely on any theatrical conventions, in fact it throws them out and starts afresh. It hails to the power of theatre as a message carrier, and deserves all the praise it gets.”
“Political but subtle, kitsch whilst sincere, this production operates on inferences, weaving the narrative seamlessly through stunning movement sequences, to innovatory audience aided interviews. A must see!”
“This is exactly what theatre should be – whatever performance language they use, whether it is through audience participation or poetic movement, not a syllable is wasted”
UK Theatre Web
“You might think there’s nothing particularly amusing about global warming and melting ice-caps; step forward dancing brick”
Developed at BAC
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Tour produced by Kate Bowen