Words by Tiahni Adamson
Above a dimly lit floor hangs Enni-maria Lymi suspended from the ceiling on her trapeze. Matt Pasquet is soon to join the stage and is later followed by the presence of acrobats Daniel and Rhiannon Cave-Walker; and Imogen Huzel. The circus act is comprised of a mixture of individual, duo and group performances, where each mini-act leaves the audience perched on the front of their seats; curious as to who is to enrapture them in a whirl of incredible body strength, balance and skill next.
FAUNA is created through the imagery of non-human creatures. Each performer delicately embraces the character of an animal through the contortion and manipulation of their bodies. Some creatures are personified to be protective of their space, predatory and primal; while others are curious, playful and inquisitive. An intense intimacy is felt through the connection observed between Daniel and Rhiannon Cave-Walker, whom seep deep love and tension to be with one another throughout the show.
The story is conveyed through non-verbal communication; where meaning is given through body language, and emotion is conveyed through physical acrobatic skills such as flips, tumbles, trapeze and handstands. Geordie Little softens the suspense built through the performance through delicate acoustic guitar, rewound voice over and recorded percussion. Costumes and props are minimalistic, leaving the entire focus of the audience on the raw skills and energy of each team member from FAUNA circus.
FAUNA oozes synergy through the ensemble of defying acrobatics to the flow of carefully produced music. An incredible show running at 6.30pm, every night at the Royal Croquet Club. Be sure to check them out!