Cirque Africa Big Top, Hindmarsh Sq, Thu 1 Mar.
[CIRCUS AND PHYSICAL THEATRE – TAN/ZIM/ETH]
Papa Africa, the Ringmaster, is a livewire – playing up to the audience in a great way to get us all switched on, involved, and ready to clap, stomp our feet and yell encouragement to his entertainment troupe. He also conducts a great band of audience volunteers along the way. The rest of the troupe dance, drum and entertain us with tricks of balance, unicycle, gymnastics, hoops, etc – all performed brilliantly.
I’d like to highlight two of the routines in particular – firstly a gym routine of the ‘light man’ balancing on the feet of the ‘strong man’ – twists turns, spins and continuous cycles of all of the above – clearly challenging, though one of the ‘tricks’ didn’t quite work first time and had to be repeated. These routines had to be seen to be believed.
Speaking of which – the contortionists – a couple of hours later and I still don’t believe what I think my eyes saw! Seriously, the human body can’t do that! Can it? Evidently it can and it does (damn sure that mine won’t!). A couple of the moves seemed to include both contortion and illusion – it was a ‘Chucky’ move, the head appearing to spin on the shoulders – seriously, it was amazing and my head hurts to contemplate what I saw.
The show is full of energy, the smiles of the performers are contagious and an hour (surely that wasn’t an hour – my watch must be fibbing) flew past.
CIRQUE AFRICA 2.0 continues at Cirque Africa Big Top, Hindmarsh Sq, at various times, until Tue 3 Apr.
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