Circles of Fire: The Amphitheatre
Presented by Performance Space & John A Douglas
Inspired by the artist’s experience of a life-saving kidney transplant, this visually rich four-part work explores the transformative experience of chronic illness, treatment and recovery. Combining John A Douglas’ signature science fiction-inspired imagery with stunning footage of landscapes and ancient architecture around the world Circles of Fire: The Amphitheatre brings together video installation, virtual reality, medical procedures and live performance to invite us inside Douglas’ physical experience, witnessing the wonder and terror of the medicalised human body.
The Cannulation Performance 6pm – 7:30pm
Each evening, John A Douglas performs a durational performance while undertaking cannulation through an intravenous drip. This performance installation ponders the experience of medical intervention in the artist’s daily life and meditates on the complications of living with a hybrid body. As the performance unfolds, you can have your vital signs read and recorded by the registered nurse and performance artist, Stella Topaz.
The Cannulation will be activated with one-off improvised scores from two invited collaborators: Justin Ashworth on Friday 26 and Tina Havelock Stevens on Saturday 27.
The Amphitheatre Performance 8pm
The sweeping final act of Circles of Fire is an extraordinary dialogue between body and screen. John A Douglas performs a dramatic physical score that reveals the resilience and fragility of the medical patient. Set to a supernatural soundtrack by Justin Ashworth, this final performance traces the full narrative arc of John’s transplant experience.
Lead Artist and Performer John A Douglas
Performance Director Sue Healey
Producer Bec Dean
Composer Justin Ashworth
Costumes Michele Elliot, Alejandro Rolandi, Yiorgos Zafiriou
Live Performers Justin Ashworth, Tina Havelock-Stevens, Stella Delight
Lighting Design Fausto Brusamolino
VR Design Josh Harle
Stage Design Alejandro Rolandi
John A Douglas, Circles of Fire: The Amphitheatre.
Image: the Artist
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