What: L.I.A.R. (Life is a Rehearsal)
Where: The Factory at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Duration: 60 minutes
When: Finishes March 01
Genre: Circus and Physical Theatre / Comedy
(Reviewed by Tania Jezukaitis)
New to the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Liar takes the audience through the main character’s journey from childhood to the awkwardness of puberty and the disappointments of adulthood. All whilst combining a mixture of humour, music and physical performance. Remi Martin (from previous Fringe shows Limbo and Blanc de Blanc) is the star of this show but he is more than ably supported by talented contortionist and acrobat Mandi Orozco (from Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion) and trapeze artist Tom Ball.
Remi is a master of Chinese Pole acrobatics managing to effortlessly climb, twirl and balance at dizzying heights only using his thigh for support. Orozco, who plays his love interest as his character enters adulthood, is spellbinding as she manages to contort her lithesome frame into unbelievable postures. In once scene it appears that she has to dislocate both her shoulders in order to get them back behind her head leaving the audience both shocked and in awe. Tom Ball plays the goofy offsider and provides some comic elements but make no mistake in that his talent on the pole is matched with Remi’s.
With little dialogue the physical storylines are all tied together by Canadian folk musician Tarran the Tailor playing various musical instruments plus a mix of recordings and ending with the classic Space Oddity by David Bowie. The lighting also serves to capture the powerful and poignant elements of this theatrical experience. You will not be disappointed.
Tip: line up early to secure good seats and avoid the bench seats as your view of the performance at floor level will be impaired