acrobatPhotos - John Sanes

I don’t really know what I’m in for, as I enter the space. Sure, there’s the tell-tale trapeze rigged in the middle of the space, but something about the eerie gypsy music is making me uneasy. I was right to be suspicious. What followed was one of the most bizarre, and most enjoyable, performances I have ever seen.

smaller poorer cheaper may be intimate, but it is certainly not small, poor or cheap. This is an eclectic mix of death-defying feats, clowning, physical comedy and dark humour. And did I mention the nudity? Performers Jo Lancaster, Simon Yates and Mozes each have a turn in the spotlight, performing three solo acts of incredible variety and complexity. Though each performer has a unique style, all three sections work together beautifully. Perhaps it’s just the common thread of grotesque humour. Or maybe the popular Y-front underpants. Or... nudity. 

These acrobats are all incredibly talented, but they by no means take themselves too seriously. They sometimes drag themselves nonchalantly around the stage, projecting half-heartedness, playing with gesture, balance, and comedy. Sometimes they bow and tap dance, and receive more accolades than are ever given. Their incredibly trained and honed bodies belie their comedy, however, as we remain mindful of the strength and agility that lies beneath.

Tim Barrass’ beautiful, sparse score is a mixture of live and recorded, but always with an electronic distortion. From a warped version of ‘Greensleeves’ to a twanging guitar, to a series of electronic blips, his music frames the piece with an uncanny reverence. The staging was perfectly timed, and I loved the way the lights and music snapped on and off, marking the scenes deliberately.

These are the most bizarre acrobats I’ve ever seen. There’s vegetables thrown around then juiced, splashed breakfast, dripping blood. And don’t forget the (sometimes outrageous) nudity.

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Venue: Performance Space @ Carriageworks | 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Dates/Times: 28 March - 1 April 2007 | Wed-Sat 8pm | Sun 5pm
Tickets: $30 / $25 / $20 + BF    
Bookings:, 02 9209 4614, moshtix outlets

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