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 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
Live Performers Justin Ashworth, Tina Havelock-Stevens, Stella Topaz
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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Also by John A Douglas at Liveworks:
The Video Installation 10am – 2pm
This cinematic video installation moves through sublime landscapes shot on location in Turkmenistan, Australia and Canada and features a deep ambient soundtrack by composer Justin Ashworth. These spectacular and mysterious sites evoke science fiction imagery and reflect on the artist’s recent transplant experience and the feeling of being a stranger in one’s own body.
The VR Experience 2pm – 5:30pm
Leap into the landscape alongside John A Douglas in this immersive virtual reality experience. Following the artist, you can step amongst the ancient ruins of a Roman amphitheatre and fly high above the sacred spotted lake of the Sylix people in Canada, experiencing the sensations of Circles of Fire right up close.