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Having recently returned from the UK where they were working on one of the opening events for the 2012 London Olympics, Legs On The Wall are back in Australia to develop the new theatre work Symphony.

Tapping into the power of rock and roll and the majesty of Beethoven, Symphony, celebrates the sensuous and sublime relationship of music with the moving body against a virtuoso performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, performed by acclaimed guitarist Stefan Gregory live on stage. Sometimes furious, sometimes tender, each of the four performers feature in one of the four movements of a symphony that has been celebrated for its rhythmic and melodic brilliance.

Established in 1984 by a collection of artists, whose first productions were performed on the streets of Sydney, Legs On The Wall has been central to the development of a genre that draws on circus, acrobatics and dance to engage with story and emotion bringing startling, emotive and exciting physical performances to the stage.

They are a gutsy theatre company renowned for taking risks, both physically and aesthetically; weaving music, video, acrobatics, dance, circus and aerial imagery into stories that offer audiences a theatrical experience like no other. Today the work that Legs On The Wall produces is recognised both nationally and internationally for setting new benchmarks in the way stories can be told.

NORPA artistic director Julian Louis recalls first seeing Legs On The Wall at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 1996 and says, ‘It had a profound effect on me. It was as much a family drama as it was an evocative dance work with jaw-dropping acrobatics. It was moving and visually astounding.

‘Legs On The Wall has become a recognised leader in physical theatre. Under the artistic direction of Patrick Nolan the company has gone to another level nationally and internationally.

‘Patrick has a strong connection to NORPA and the region having directed epic NORPA productions The Flood and the contemporary opera Electric Lenin during Lyndon Terracini’s reign. We are head-over-heels excited about Patrick returning to NORPA to premiere Symphony – a show that will entertain us with not only amazing human skill but also with the virtuoso musical ability of guitarist Stefan Gregory,’ says Louis.

Symphony is the last work in NORPA’s 2012 season. The company will launch its 2013 season in May, with the first performance at the Lismore City Hall to take place in July. More announcements about what’s coming up at NORPA will be made at the premiere of Legs On The Wall’s Symphony but NORPA’s Julian Louis has hinted that it ‘will bring some shows to the region that will truly show off our newly renovated venue, and we’re also looking at once again taking audiences out of the theatre to unusual places.’

World premiere of Symphony at Lismore City Hall on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm.

For tickets call NORPA Box Office 1300 066 772 (Mon–Fri 9am–2pm) or purchase online at www.norpa.org.au.

More info about Legs On The Wall at www.legsonthewall.com.au.

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