Date: 
Friday, July 22, 2011 - 14:17

In just a few days’ time some of the world’s most talented circus performers will be wowing crowds at the Eden Project with their jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics, surreal circus stunts, live music and dance.

Labyrinth will be staged across the stunning Eden site from the Mediterranean Biome to the Rainforest, culminating in a breath-taking finale inside a specially-created big top in the middle of the pit.

There’ll be no best seats in the house as the NoFit State performers will weave themselves among and above the audience who’ll be taking in the amazing spectacle promenade-style.

Viewers can prepare to be bowled over by aerialists on flying trapezes and cloud swings, daring tightwire walks, acrobalancers on a bike, a man spinning in a giant wheel and a lot more weird and wonderful circus acts.

Staged over 21 nights from July 29 to August 29, Labyrinth will be the first time Eden has hosted an evening show throughout the summer holidays. It has been written and devised by critically-acclaimed director Firenza Guidi to mark the Eden Project's 10th birthday year.

She said: ‘Working at Eden is like having a massive model or a toy – an endless resource in the sense that it’s changing on a daily basis. Although there is a vision and a structure, there is also flexibility; there are also meteorological conditions, and even the growing of plants that might change on a weekly basis…It’s a constant inspiration.’

Labyrinth performance nights are:

• Previews: Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July
• Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 August
• Tuesday 9 - Friday 12 August
• Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 August
• Tuesday 23 - Monday 29 August

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays doors open at 6pm, performances start at 8pm and finish at 10.30pm

Labyrinth is on earlier on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays with doors opening at 4pm and performances starting at 6pm and finishing at 8.30pm

NoFit State Circus will be revealing some big-top tricks of the trade to visitors during the day at Eden throughout the summer as part of the Festival of Play.

From July 23 until September 4 the team behind Labyrinth will be putting on circus workshops where beginners can try out hula hooping, juggling and Diablo among other skills. These drop-in sessions are included in the price of admission and take place every day in the Arena’s Circus Tent at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm as well as 5:30pm on evening openings.

Once participants have mastered the basics they can challenge themselves to more complicated tricks such as unicycling, slack wiring and tightrope walking in the Wild Cornwall area from 3pm to 5pm daily. Some of these workshops may involve a small charge.

Aside from workshops, NoFit State performers will be mesmerising visitors with gravity-defying displays and beautiful choreography in different locations around Eden every afternoon, along with a few surprise appearances for added excitement.

For more information on Labyrinth, go to www.edenproject.com.