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Last year it was C!RCA, this year they’ve become CIRCA Beyond, and have gone above and beyond the concept of an acrobatic, aerobatic, gymnastic, contemporary circus troupe into the realms of a theatricality that’s just a bit beyond the norm and our expectations.
Bodies with bunnies for heads are cute and cuddly but the physicality of this unique blend of performance and storytelling was innovative and adventurous. Each chapter another astounding sequence of this small troupe of seven – four girls and three boys - doing things that make you cringe, feel the pain and wonder how they can do that. Solving a rubik’s cube needed more than patience, it needed precision and strength and playing tennis required wearing the racquet, while the Chinese pole work might have different connotations for some, the level of ability with the poles was beyond belief as the height to body mass made it unbelieveable a man could hold himself horizontal to the perpendicular. It would be the best party trick at a late night pole dancing venue.
But there’s more to marvel at as the bodies show strength and agility, balance and beauty with breathtaking aspects to a music score of memories. A Total Eclipse of the Heart, Bonnie Tyler’s eighties classic has never sounded so good and Jacques Brel’s distinctive Amsterdam were among the best of a clever mix of music.
It was a short, fast, fun and fabulous performance for this contemporary circus that has made a national and international impact on the ever changing world of the genre. In their Beyond what will they find next?