REVIEW: xoxo moongirl, Assembly Checkpoint

*****

One giant leap for womankind Where can you escape when life gets too much? When your parents are as dysfunctional as your relationships, and your hopes and dreams seem as unreachable as the stars in the sky? For Nicole Burgio, the engaging and dynamic performer of this impressive one-hander from Fringe newcomers Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, there is only […]

REVIEW: Frisky & Mannish’s PopLab, Assembly George Square Gardens

*****

Blinding us with science Since first bubbling over from their test tube onto the Fringe ten years ago, Frisky & Mannish have become firm festival faves, with their concoction of comedy, musicianship and downright fabulousness consistently winning over audiences wherever they pitched their poptastic tent. After a break of a few years, they are back: and happily just […]

REVIEW: Rouge, Underbelly’s Circus Hub

*****

Electric circus Billing itself as a decadent circus for adults, Rouge delivers on nearly all fronts (and rears), where the gasps come as much from the ‘did I really just see that?’ moments as they do from the impressive acrobatic feats on offer. A gloriously camp Frank N Furter style ringmaster-of-sorts gets things off with […]

REVIEW: La Galerie, Assembly Rooms

*****

Art for art’s sake Framed as it is around visitors to a modern art gallery, Machine de Cirque’s playful and innovative circus show is a masterpiece. From sardonically exposing the pretentions of gallery visitors to a spellbinding sequence where portraits literally crawl from the canvases, this loose narrative device links a series of ever-more impressive […]

REVIEW: Elements of Freestyle, EICC

*****

Marrying urban sports with contemporary dance, ISH Dance Collective create an enjoyably high-energy spectacle in the cavernous space of the EICC’s Lennox Suite. The all-male ensemble employ skateboards, rollerskates, BMX bikes and more to half-pipe themselves into the air whilst their colleagues breakdance, perform acrobatics and free-run over the adaptable set. Live music is provided […]

REVIEW: 360 Allstars, Assembly George Square Theatre

*****

A celebration of the street, 360 Allstars brings together some youthful masters of the scene in an enjoyable high-energy hour that – based on the age of the audience yesterday – will likely inspire many to follow in their footsteps. BMX tricks, breakdancing, basketball wizardry and acrobatics explode like a burst of graffiti on the […]

REVIEW: Super Sunday, Underbelly’s Circus Hub

*****

It’s fair to say the performers of Super Sunday spend as much time in the air during this spectacular acrobatic hour as they do on the ground. Trampolines, see-saws, rings of death: the all-male cast bounce, leap and fly far above the big top floor in ever-increasingly impressive displays of stuntwork and acrobatics. All this […]

REVIEW – Aaron Crow: FearLess

*****

Though the audience members that Aaron Crow invites on stage during FearLess appear to be in danger from knives, broken glass and samurai swords, their greatest risk of harm comes from slicing themselves on his cheekbones. That’s not to say the most impressive thing about Crow is his bone structure: far from it. Without a […]

REVIEW – Le Coup, Underbelly’s Circus Hub

*****

Let’s get ready to rumble… Le Coup is La Clique as directed by David Lynch with a hangover. Banjo-playing preacher men soundtrack mostly silent ruff-wearing acrobats as a ringmaster exhorts the audience to bet on their favourites in this circus smackdown grudge match of the century. There’s a lot to love about Le Coup’s knowingly […]

REVIEW – Circa: Humans, Underbelly’s Circus Hub

*****

Birth, love, war, sex, death: all human life is here. From the very first moments, when an inanimate pile of discarded clothing transforms into a jerkily-moving newborn to an unsettling electronica version of I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground, the ten acrobats of Circa have an uncanny knack of making the seemingly impossible look virtually effortless. In a lesser […]