It’s not for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure.
Acclaimed Croatian circus performer Lidija Šola is preparing to stage a multimedia experience ‘like no other’ at Cork’s Circus Factory this Friday and Saturday.
Produced by Tricycle Trauma Collective, (Un)Holy Blood is described as a ‘mould-shattering show fusing contemporary trapeze, abstract film, and immersive soundscapes to explore and sanctify female plight and strength.’
Inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surrealist thriller Santa Sangre, the show takes place inside a specially designed temple, where Šola performs free falls from a height and tackles traumatic subjects like abortion and rape.
The plot is heavy going too, so brace yourself: “Lirio is an unsanctified saint. After being dismembered and killed by two men, a pool of her holy blood springs from the ground and a church is built to protect it.” they explain.
“Here, Lirio becomes a symbol of female suffering and perseverance. But what happens when this place of worship is bulldozed?”
We dread to think, TBH.
Devised by a team of Cork-based talent, the production uses projectors, multiple screens, and an arresting light design to deliver its message.
Strictly for over 18s only, (Un)Holy Blood will run at The Circus Factory at 9pm, on September 24th and 25th, 2021. Tickets (€15) are available here.