Where: Cirque Africa, Hindmarsh Square
Duration: 60 minutes
Genre: Circus & Physical Theatre
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
Physical theatre says it all. This is a brand new show of young performers, predominantly from Ethiopia. It was a smallish audience but this troupe deserves to be playing to a packed house for every show. They are outstanding!!
First up were a bunch of extremely fit and athletic young guys climbing up a pole with so much ease it was astounding. When they started jumping off the pole onto a seesaw which catapulted others into multiple mid-air somersaults and even to the top of the pole the audience were shaking their heads in amazement.
This was followed by the most amazing (and beautiful) contortionist I have ever seen. What she was doing defies belief and the bounds of what the human body should be capable of doing. I still cringe at some of the feats she performed so easily (and the following photo is nothing compared to what came next)!
The show has one amazing act after another including precision acrobatics, juggling, and lots of Cirque de Soleil-on-steroids-style performances! Hard to pick a highlight as they were all superb and showed incredible skill, fitness and precision. One of the best was a young girl performing with (I presume) her father. He laid down on a bench as the girl jumped onto his feet and proceeded to be thrown into the air, spun around horizontally and vertically at a cast rate on knots!
One of the most spectacular shows I have seen and I highly recommend seeing them. And since it is in the same tent, book for Cirque Africa as well and you only have to wait half an hour to see another even more mind-blowing show!