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Gluttony – The Octagon, Sat 17 Feb.
[CIRCUS AND PHYSICAL THEATRE – QLD]
With good reason, Casus, this circus troupe, is regarded as hot property in Australia’s circus talents! In Driftwood, the elements of circus are blended with dance, physical comedy, drama and dynamics; both in the sense of building the tension and bringing it down, as well as in their movements and interactions, both individually and in groups.
In circus terms the stand out was synchronization, the timing between the artists and at several times, with all artists seemingly joined together as a single organism – stunning! (Most spectacular of these, a line of three horizontal bodies transforms itself to a vertical tower of three in what seems to be a single fluid set of movements.).
Of particular note, how often do you see one of the females in the cast set in the role of ‘strongwoman’, the sturdy base for lighter gymnasts to ply their stunts? To a plethora of general floor work, tumbling, interactions and the like were added routines on aerial ring, overhead trapeze and rope.
Driftwood has a strong conceptual idea that flows throughout the piece, that humans are human together. The physical interactions are superb, but they are underscored at every point by the human interactions, smiles, acknowledgements and the like, which are the dialogue on which Driftwood is based.
This fun, the joy of being a human became a shared experience, the crowd left having been lifted, knowing that the rest of the day would be great, but we’d had our highlight!
Driftwood continues at Gluttony – The Octagon, at various times, until Sun 25 Feb.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.