Kilter

One Fell Swoop

Image by Brianna Davis

Kilter comes to Ballarat to transform Alfred Deakin Place into a living installation of movement, light, and sound. Combining the dynamic arcs of a unique rolled-steel circus apparatus and the hauntingly beautiful sounds of ORCHA, Melbourne’s violinist beatsmith, Kilter celebrates the fragility of putting one foot in front of the other.

Bringing the mechanics of walking on a single rope to the fore, Kilter offers an appreciation of the semantic web of how circus relates to life: the struggle for balance, tipping points, clarity in focus, and the precariousness of being still in turbulence. The six-metre crescents of cold steel rock and shudder across the Place, the acrobats buffeted like a boat on the waves. ORCHA’s live score swells, creating a universe of unique sounds made entirely by the violin. Along with his luminescent vocal style, rich beats and a moody ambience, his music embraces and combines with the unusual acrobatics on display.

Kilter is a stark yet beautiful metaphor for what it’s like to travel through life – one step at a time.