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A spectacle of the human body exploring the human story
Overall rating: ★★★★1/2
Casus Circus presents 'DNA' a feat of acrobatics, dance and a little bit of clown work.
Seven bodies of different sizes dressed in red outfits appear on stage. One human seems to have 16 abs. There are 7 wooden chairs behind them.
The ensemble begins with a series of playful acrobatics together. The playfulness turns to bullying as some of the smaller members of the ensemble are taunted. The way the ensemble throws each other around makes you fearful for the performers' safety.
Combining the circus routines with a mix of music genres switches the tone throughout the production. Performer Jesse Scott mimes the lyrics to 'Tear You Apart' by She Wants Revenge from upstage left. At the same time centre downstage, one woman climbs over the bodies of the other women performers.
Ensemble member Sarah McDougall's makes the crowd giggle with her solo piece. She changes into a frilly blue dress and sparkly stilettos in front of the crowd. She flirts with the crowd as she humorously struggles with her costume while swinging through the air with chains.
The performance is divided into separate acts, no whole narrative, which looks at the different factors influencing who we are like race, class and culture.
I loved the use of silhouettes to perform a beautiful love story between two men as well as mirroring two women on either side of the sheet.
When the ensemble brings the 7 chairs to the front and balances them and their bodies on top of each, not even the sound of the rides outside could break the silence and tension felt in the audience. Just when you think they've made it too hard for themselves they make it harder.
The celebration of human connection in the performance is most outstanding when the ensemble is all together exchanging silly looks between each other and the audience. We feel as if we are let in on a secret.
For a heart-stopping, breath-holding, no-looking-away circus performance, make sure to take advantage of your last chance to see DNA at The Garden of Unearthly Delights February 25. Book here.