Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Overall rating: ★★★★ Date attended: 07/03/2019
Five women. Five stories. Five spectacles. Brought together to create a banger of a show that takes a step towards acknowledging and furthering the feminist movement in the circus industry. Shattering down the stereotypes around genders in the circus industry, female-led circus movements Madhouse Circus and Point & Flex Circus have collaborated to create BOSS SQUAD - a show, where women own their power of strength, flexibility, and skill and leave us in the audience giving them hearty applauses ever so regularly.
Not knowing their own strength and sharing a piece of themselves in their most vulnerable and fragile yet deceivingly strong and agile measures of mind, body, and soul, there are solo, duo, and group-based segments that consistently leave the audience in a state of awe and pride. As elegant and graceful as the women present themselves in this vibrant show, they also bring an equal level of complexity and dexterity that WOWs the audiences with their talents, which seem to have no limit.
Weaving a bit of narrative around myths that have long been treated as facts, such as women being able to 'hold' their periods just like their need to pee, the unwritten rule that a woman must bear a child, and the severe body image issues influenced by societal standards (to name a few) - the collaborative team of women is able to deliver a refreshing and vibrant performance that includes some classics as well as some less common acts of physical theatre, such as German wheel, sideshow and skipping, pyramids, hula hoop, teeterboarding, and tumbling (to name a few). The show is brimming with an untapped level of talent from some of the strongest women in the circus industry. Individually and collectively, they never fail to leave the audience speechless, with their ability to complement a bit of lightheartedness into a stunning show, where they can demonstrate their acrobatics and circus skills to replicate their attitudes of being strong and confident women, who aren't limited by anything or anyone. Complemented with an empowering soundtrack, the show brings out the fierceness of sisterhood and womanhood in full force.
While I wasn't a huge fan of the stapling of the paper onto the arm, the eating of the onion, and the nose drilling for a glass of milk, as it would have been beneficial to have pre-warning about these stunts leaving you squeamish, I do understand the underlying concept of it all and appreciate strong statements that were being made through these confronting segments.
The women from this collaborative team of performers with impressive skills in circus and physical theatre are able to give new meaning to the phrase "empowered women empower women". A brilliant piece that brings the colors of the woman suffrage movement (purples, greens, and whites), the women from BOSS SQUAD do justice to their name and lift each other (literally and metaphorically speaking), as they celebrate the power of femininity in an industry that has, for far too long, been predominantly male-saturated. The electrifying energy fills the room with excitement throughout the show is triumphant and worthy of a standing ovation.
BOSS SQUAD will be performing at Tandanya Theatre till March 17, as part of the Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.