Described back in 2008 as 'the future of circus', NICA’s exceptional second year talent prove why they’re worthy of that accolade. The concept behind the night’s performance, Made to Fit, is as sophisticated as could be expected of NICA’s previous innovation.
Focused on the contemporary idea of wanting to fit in as society dictates to us regardless of the stereotypes we find ourselves a part of, and both how shallow and manipulable we can be, the set echoes the concept of ‘holding a mirror to ourselves’ effortlessly. Comprised of a minimalistic, modern big top setting, a trampoline second level with further levels comprised of a mirrored section and a higher balcony reachable via ladder. At times these separate levels are populated by the performers, acting as a silent, observing chorus who maintain peak physicality as a support to the more focal, intimate acts. However distance from the audience, the additional performers with their own specific skillsets are somewhat distracting. This not a prevalent issue: for the better part, the 27-strong ensemble work in eerie harmony with one another. Slipping on stage in their grey onesies and suits, the students move sinuously, forming collective piles of rejects that are folded into marked wheelie bins with effortless dexterity. They demonstrate display clear finesse, although the occasional slip is to be expected and pardoned for their age. In particular, tissu performers Alyssa Moore and Hannah Trott hold the audience in thrall over the elegance of their climb and graceful figures, the simple beauty cleverly undone in a symbolic move of purity versus manipulation in their dominant handlers who remain behind frames, waiting.
National Institute of Circus Arts presents
Made to Fit
Venue: NICA National Circus Centre, Green Street, Prahran
Dates:12 - 22 September 2012