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Barbaroi - Adelaide Fringe Review

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by Jonathon Tonkin (subscribe)
I'm a 26 year old male Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication) at UniSA in 2014. As well as writing for WN I have also done pieces for the Adelaide 36s and Mawson Lakes Living.
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35 Stars - Dark, Edgy and Amazing
I wrote a piece earlier this Fringe Season for a circus show that had a minimal theme but maximum energy. Barbaroi could be considered a direct contrast to that. It takes a theme that is gritty and exciting and embeds it into their DNA. What you get is a show which is all style and flavour and while the talent is still exemplary there is an obvious focus on atmosphere and mood.

Barbaroi will take you back to the prime of counter-culture. Grunge, punk, industrial. Think of bands like Prodigy, Rob Zombie and Rammstein and you have Barbaroi. Mix that abrasive and dark theme with acts that invoke tension and astonishment and you've got a circus show with a difference. All the acts of Barbaroi are set to ratchet up this tension. From aerial suspension spots, a balancing act mixed with spellbinding lighting, climbing to great heights using only the human body and fast and frantic acrobatics. All these are put together to create a building crescendo, one which is as fragile and it is amazing. This dedication to setting and mood means that Barbaroi moves at a slower pace then other circus shows but if you can dig the theme then AfterDark Theatre will look to pull you down that rabbit hole.

What Barbaroi excels in is its production. Despite working within a small space they have done a huge amount with props, costumes, lighting and most especially music. With the right tools, the troupe integrates what they have into the setting even further building a world of gloom and grime. The troupe bounce of each other as well and within a short period build characters and relationship without any spoken word.

Barbaroi is all about the vibe and to enjoy the show you need to buy into that but if you let Barbaroi take you by the hand they will lead you on a journey to some very breathtaking places. Barbaroi is playing at Ukiyo in Gluttony every day except Monday until the 15th of March. Find more information here.
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When: 14th Feb - 15th Mar
Where: Ukiyo at Gluttony
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