Imbalance – Strength and Beauty at once

To log in or to log off?

"The real story of performers Jan Patzke and Olivia Quayle (Joli Vyann) shows that life is about finding a balance, but it is much harder to find it with the obsession of technology. It was a physical and emotional journey into a perfect finale. And I’ve been logged off this whole time.

The world was literally spinning for us during the show. The combination of acrobatics, athletics and dance is something exceptional and exciting for the audience.  Joli Vyann’s Imbalance brings a unique insight into the personal life of two people in the modern world obsessed by phones and computers. And their synergy is brilliant on the stage. Technology in abundance has left them in want. It is bringing them closer, yet separating them.

Imbalance reflects how the virtual world can turn our lives upside down. Ups and downs in the show while depending on technology make us feel guilty when we notice that something similar is happening also in our lives. Technology is a great and useful thing but it also affects our real connections. Music and sound effects in the background helped to highlight balancing at the edge of the internet and the real world. The choreography is clearly telling us how wonderful real communication can be, to open ourselves to other people.

If we find a connection with someone, we see the true colourfulness of life.

The storyline was also enriched by adding the topic of cyber bullying. Even if it’s something the audience is unfamiliar with, it helped the show to reach a wider range of audiences. It tells us how technology is used in today's world for greed, hate and intolerance. Jan Patzke has brilliantly demonstrated the fight with the unpleasant side of the Internet and the struggle of being bullied through the computer and have no one around to help. As we know, only unloved people hate. So we should put down the phone and start to look for humanity.

Circus performances are of course, something special for the audience but this company is bringing something brand new.

Some acrobatic moves were unreal

- I haven’t seen anything like that in my life.

Apart from integrating storytelling with circus and athletic skills, Imbalance isn’t preachy. It wasn’t telling me to switch off the phone. It helped me to see myself in a different light and consider how I live. It´s interesting, that even though this performance has a story that´s common for everyone, people are all coming home with different thoughts.


Explanation of the balance between two people was perfect. They seemed to be so strong and dynamic. It was easy to feel all the emotions from the dance. In parts of the show where they put away their devices, the movements were more sensual. Sometimes I wasn’t even sure if they would be able to keep the balance, but they did it. And that makes me believe that we are able to balance our lives too.

We all are on our life adventure and the best we can do with it is to connect with the real world and talk to people who care about us.

Human beings are created like that, we want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. If you want somebody to be logged in with you on your journey through life, then care about them. The best does not happen on social networks. We have the power to create the technology, but also to live a happy, free and beautiful life."


Lenka Komarkova is studying Media and Communications at the University of Derby.

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