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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:41 am

Phil Fisk: Everyday People - circus performers in pictures

Phil Fisk's portraits, commissioned to support the month long Circusfest 2012 at the Roundhouse, play the unorthodox and the mundane against each other to arresting effect. The staid and slightly drab "Britishness" of the settings - a windy beach, team building exercise, a council estate - is skewed by the unsettling physicality and slanted grace of his subjects. A contortionist emerges spider-like from a washing machine in a Brixton launderette; in a nursing home an elderly man's body is borne skyward by some unknown force."I've done behind the tent, make-up stuff," explains Fisk, "but contemporary circus performers are much more open to being given a role, so I tried to work with that."
Photographer's assistant: Rory Mulvey

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The Observer, Sunday 1 April 2012

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Is the man seducing the woman? Is she resisting? Compagnia Rasoterra use brutal physical acrobatics in their act to investigate subtle forms of sexual violencePhotograph: Phil Fisk

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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:44 am


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Corporate team building with circus skills make a very different proposition to the familiar ‘trust your partner’ exercisesPhotograph: Phil Fisk

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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:47 am


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“This was originally supposed to be a three-man tower. Due to injury we ended up with two and I like it better. It’s subtler, you get the double-take effect.”Photograph: Phil Fisk

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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:49 am


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Fisk photographed Alana the reclining tightrope walker in the Roundhouse’s back yard using a rigger, a cherry picker and four tonnes of waterPhotograph: Phil Fisk

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Inspired by news stories about stowaways, trapeze artists swing freely through a storage container depot in DagenhamPhotograph: Phil Fisk

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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:54 am


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The “old man” is 25-year-old Chinese-pole acrobat Conor Neall, who spent three-and-a-half hours in makeup to achieve the effectPhotograph: Phil Fisk

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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:57 am


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“She’s really coming out of the drum. We originally shot Lula Loop through the window on the machine door but you couldn’t see enough of her to identify what she was.”Photograph: Phil Fisk

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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:59 am


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“Pastiches student posters of posh French films, pretty girls sat on handlebars. We reversed that, pushed the danger, and shot it on the Heygate estate in Elephant and Castle.”Photograph: Phil Fisk

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“They were a more traditional troupe. I had them enacting real hostility, but they wouldn’t stop smiling, all the way through.”Photograph: Phil Fisk

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Post  eddie on Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:05 am


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A contemporary nod to Jeff Wall’s ‘A Sudden Gust Of Wind’, itself based on a 19th-century woodblock print by Japanese artist HokusaiPhotograph: Phil Fisk

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