FringeArts – Ed Roth – The Bikes Live in the Basement
September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 7:40 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until October 4, 2020
The Bikes Live in the Basement is a show about how we are products of our environment until we open our minds and build ourselves. In this 40-minute recorded solo show, you’ll see a monster be shaped. The monster must begin to learn for themselves their own true nature and their way in the world. The show will be an interdisciplinary work of art in which you will see the many crafts that solo creator and performer Ed Roth has been mastering over the years – aerial arts, acrobatics, painting, object and light manipulation, and dance and film techniques.
The Bikes Live in the Basement is autobiographical for Ed Roth – based on their real life story and experience growing up in a household founded on abuse caused from parental mental illnesses. Through the beauty and freedom of movement and circus, Ed will show the traumas from their father’s very extreme OCD and the violence he took out on his family for him to be able to cope. He could not accept any blame onto himself for any of his wrongdoings and put them onto Ed. In the years since their separation from this abuse, Ed has had to break the form that they were molded into. This is a story of finally finding oneself from within after years of being told who you are and who you must be by external forces.
A very special thank you to Sierra Rhoades Nicholls (circus artist – https://www.sierrarhoades.com/), John Draus (Draus Productions), Michael Sheppard (pianist), and Shana and Greg Kennedy (owners of Circadium School of Contemporary Circus) for helping Ed with this project.
Trigger warning: this show contains many themes of abuse and mental illness. There also will be some explicit language dispersed infrequently. Parental discretion is advised.
Purchase a ticket to receive the link for when the show is being streamed for the time you purchased. Recommended for 13+.