Circa’s new production comes up trumps in terms of vibrancy, class, and all round ‘wow’ factor.
The company’s Artistic director Yaron Lifschitz is fortunate to have seven exceedingly skilled performers at his disposal. Their contemporary bent on clown, acrobatic, aerial and movement skills is simultaneously humorous and awe-inspiring. There are hints of burlesque and vaudeville but the overbearing aesthetic is modern and fresh, incorporating neon lights, electronic music and infra-red movement sensors creating sounds with body parts(!). Fortunately the show refrains from getting too tech heavy as the majority of the action is created by only the bodies on stage and what can, surprisingly, be done with them.
Each artist’s talent has a chance to shine individually with outstanding tumbling, epic corde lisse (aerial rope), duo and group acrobatics, trapeze and a marvellous bubble-wrap-dancing, leaf-blower-loving clown, played by Darcy Grant. The stage is never left empty and there is often a cavalcade of action happening at once, making the entire spectacle worthy of a second viewing.
The brand spanking, purpose built theatre outside the Powerhouse was a perfect backdrop for the scope of this kind of circus performance. It is a stunning venue, designed by Justin Nardella from Bright Young Things and this show is an ideal way to experience it.
Though by no means plain, Circa’s show has a simplicity behind it that makes for very accessible viewing. There are no implied undertones or unaddressed depths to confuse viewers; the truth of what you see and what you get is laid on the table. Ultimately it is refreshing, fun and hard to fault. If you can only see one show this festival, Wunderkammer is guaranteed not to disappoint.
Brisbane Festival 2010 presents
Venue: QUT Festival Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse |119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Dates: 14 - 18 September, 2010
Duration: 75 mins (no interval)
Tickets: Adult $35, Concession $25 (includes all fees and charges)
Bookings: Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office 07 3358 8600