Winner of the Cabaret Award for last year’s Fringe, Limbo is a hot, sensual mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics that entertains its audience from beginning to end.
Set in the 1920s inspired Spiegeltent, the main action happens on a centre stage, so that everyone sitting around the circular stage can feel part of the show. In fact the six star performers are always making eye contact with audience members, flirting up a storm as they perform mind-blowing acts that have you marvelling at the human body.
French contortionist Aurelien Oudot’s ability to bend his body in two was cleverly accompanied by the band playing “spine crunching” music that had the audience groaning and cringing in awe.
French pole master, beatboxer and dancer, Mikael Bres, had me hanging on his every move. He moved up and down the pole with such precision, seemingly defying gravity and making it look like the easiest thing in the world. He is so talented that, unlike most pole dancers, he didn’t feel the need to remove his shirt and use sex appeal to keep the crowd entertained, he was just spectacular.
Australian acrobat and dancer Hilton Denis, has a smile so bright that he has the audience eating out of his palm before he even makes a move. It was such a pleasure to see some old fashioned tap dancing delivered with such speed and charisma.
Gorgeous sword swallower and fire-eater Heather Holliday from Coney Island thrills the audience with her amazing feats and versatility.
In fact this incredibly entertaining show is brought to us by a cast of only six, all who show such versatility that you can’t help but be impressed. The band that binds the whole performance together, slickly transitioning us from one mesmerising act to another, supports the cast with style. The music for this show was composed by New York’s Sxip Shirey and combines a mixture of big band instruments with a harmonica, siren and beatbox that it is so unique it defies description.
The show is delivered with professionalism; even the set changes are made to be part of the performance, which leads to a seamless presentation. However it is not so polished that it lacks soul, it still has an intimate, sassy style that makes the audience feel like they are being treated to something unique and special.
As touted in Limbo’s promotional material, I have to agree that, “heaven can wait, this is one hell of a party!” Even Madonna saw this show twice!
Strut & Fret Production House
Venue: The West Australian Spiegeltent | The Pleasure Garden, James Street Northbridge, WA
Dates: 20 Jan – 19 Feb 2017