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The final season after two years on the road
To many an adult, it comes as a surprise that a child finds more interest in a cardboard box than $500 worth of Fisher Price toys. In Circus Oz's But Wait … There's More, a box serves as a mini-stage, magical cabinet and fashion item. It's a fitting motif for a show that questions our obsession with accumulating "stuff".
Circus Oz ensemble. Image credit: Rob Blackburn
But Wait … There's More arrives at The Entertainment Quarter's Show Ring for its final season after two years on the road, including a U.S. tour and a season at La Tohu, Montréal's circus mecca. It's the last work created by artistic director Mike Finch, who left the famously animal-free company in June after 17 years.
Rather than sledge hammering the theme, the circus's twelve self-described "fabulous weirdos" communicate through higher languages: complex juggling, virtuosic uni-cycling, breathtaking trapeze artistry, lyrical dancing, witty slapstick, hilarious impersonations and live music, surging between ethereal melodies and compelling rhythms.
April Dawson and Kyle Raftery. Image credit: Rob Blackburn.
With a monumental ruined theatre as a backdrop, each sketch touches on consumerism from a different angle. In one particularly stunning solo dance, the immensely skilled and expressive Olivia Porter juggles a growing pile of white balls, falling around her like rain. In another, two clowns, dressed as bar codes, play out a dead body scene, funny enough to give Death at a Funeral a run for its money.
Nathan Kell, Olivia Porter, Matt Wilson. Image credit: Rob Blackburn.