Returning for the second time to Australia after its premiere at OzAsia Festival in 2010, Extreme Jump is a highly stylized, martial arts and slapstick extravaganza.
Imagine a stage show where Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon meets The Three Stooges in ninety minutes of roundhouse kicks and sky-high flips. South Korea’s Yegam Theatre Company has been touring Extreme Jump’s predecessor, Jump to over 30 countries around the world since its beginning in 2005.
With brilliant performances all round by each of the nine unique characters, six year olds and grown up alike were chuckling aloud at their antics. The performance takes place in a family home, amidst the daily training, love affairs and family mishaps that play out, all interspersed with impressive group choreography displays and big tumbling medleys.
This is top quality acrobatics from a cast consisting of Tae-Kwon-Do masters, gymnastics, breakdancing and ballet experts, who not only showcase what is truly extreme physical skill, but also a talent in clowning and comedy. A stand out performance by martial arts expert Jung-Hoon Shin portrays a drunken uncle who staggers his way across the stage to fall into numerous backflips and headsprings. His bother-in-law, played by Sung-Yul Noh is a timid and clumsy character until the family discovers his secret and suddenly transforms him into a Casanova with almost as much bravado as bounce. The characters are all a pleasure to watch and every performer embodies their role with finesse and garners loads of laughs.
The slickness and precision of the show was infallible, with tight sound and lighting gags, adding to the all over high quality of the production. It’s a show that can be seen again and again, and its no surprise that OzAsia Festival has brought it back to Australia for a second time. There was not a dull moment in the entire 90 minutes and its safe to say that Extreme Jump is a spectacle that’s impossible not to love.
Adelaide Festival Centre in cooperation with Show & Arts Inc present
Yegam Theatre Company
Venue: Festival Theatre | Adelaide Festival Centre
Dates: 28 - 29 Sep 2013
Tickets: $60.00 – $22.50
Bookings: 131 246