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Mar 14

FRINGE: Circus – A Simple Space – The Birdcage – 5K

Gravity & Other Myths are a local group of alumni from Cirkidz who show audiences just what the human body is capable of. Accompanied by Elliot Zoerner on drums, the five featured performers (Lachlan Binns, Jascha Boyce, Jacob Randell, Martin Schreiber and Triton Tunis-Mitchell) throw themselves into each segment of the show with monumental energy and enthusiasm. What’s more, they look like they’re having a ball the whole time.

These guys aren’t just acrobats or gymnasts; they have a great stage presence and inject their show with a cheeky humour. In between impressive tumbles and unbelievable shows of strength, they have group challenges, reminiscent of school-yard games, at the end of which one member reigns triumphant as “best in show” or acknowledges their loss with a fun penalty. The majority of feats are carried off without a hitch, while the occasional slip up reminds you of the potential dangers of what you’re viewing and adds to the adrenaline rush.

It’s awe-inspiringly impressive to watch people who are so in control of their body. While other shows may rely on costumes, sets and tricks to create an atmosphere, the simplicity of the stage space on which this troupe works allows the talent of the performers to shine.  I don’t know how many expletives escaped my mouth during the show but it would have easily been in double figures and might have gone higher had I not been rendered literally speechless the rest of the time.

Kryztoff rating: 5K

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