Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events to widen access to performances, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store.
Here, Kate & Pasi tell us about their two shows Suhde and Sound Barrier which they’ll be performing at the Old Market Theatre.
How would you describe your shows in one sentence?
SUHDE: Entertaining story about relationship where anybody can find their place.
SOUND BARRIER: Beautiful exploration trip to the art of whip cracking.
Why Brighton Fringe?
We have heard that it is the biggest fringe festival in UK and there is a lot of audience coming to watch the shows. It is also a good opportunity for us to show what kind of contemporary circus we do. Also it is a good way to get new contacts and meet people and other artists.
How did the show get to where it is today?
SUHDE: We started to create the show called SUHDE 6 years ago. It was our first creation together. The show has been very successful and it has developed and got better over the years. We enjoy very much performing this show and we have a lot of fun to be together on the stage.
SOUND BARRIER: This show is new and it premiered in 2017. The show is all about whip cracking. First when time when I got my whips, I was surprised how versatile object it is. I got a lot of motivation to create a full show only with the whips. It took two years to make research and put the show together. The show is developing a lot and I’m still passionate to find new ways how to use a whip.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
SUHDE: It is a performance where everyone can find themselves. In the main role of the show is the sofa chair, which is the best seat in the living room and everyone wants to sit on in. In the show audience will see a lot of original and high level circus tricks full of humour and fun.
SOUND BARRIER: This show is about whips. My goal was to find new ways how to make whip cracking and show that the whip cracking can be beautiful. People often relate whip cracking with violence or sexuality. I want to break these prejudices and show that it can be a lot more than that.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
We would love to see as many shows as we can at the festival. Unfortunately we are staying very short time in Brighton, because our tour continues to other festivals. We would have been very happy to see the show from AgitCirk (Väkevä / Lyydia). We think that this show is something very interesting.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
That’s a hard question for us, because this is our first time performing at fringe festival. But I guess that the best thing is to enjoy the festival, meet a lot of new people and have fun and not to stress too much.
Suhde and Sound Barrier run at Brighton Fringe on May 28 & 29 respectively.
Nicole Craft | Image: Andreas Manz