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Fauna - Adelaide Fringe 2017

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by Laura Turner (subscribe)
Laura and her partner Sarah are two creative foodies out to discover enticing flavours and food ideas. When they aren't tucking into their latest delicious find, they're writing, photographing and designing at www.sarahlauradesign.com
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High level acrobatics performed with exquisite skill
Fauna is not just an acrobatics show, a contemporary circus, or a performance of theatre. It's a wholly immersive production by a collaboration of six world-class performers, and an exquisite display of high-level acrobatics and physical theatre set to an evolving soundscape of live music. Come explore the similarities and contrasts between human movement and the instinctual, primal behaviours of the animal kingdom.

Welcome to Fauna at the Adelaide Fringe 2017
Make sure Fauna is on your must-see list at the Adelaide Fringe 2017. Image via www.adelaidefringe.com.au


The feeling of immersion begins from the minute we're ushered into Ukiyo at the Adelaide Fringe's Royal Croquet Club. Ethereal birdcalls accompany us as we find a place at the cushioned benches circling the intimate performance space. Looking up, we spot the trapeze reaching down from the ceiling, and across the floor, curious balance boards await their interaction.

Welcome to Fauna at the Adelaide Fringe 2017
Breathtaking skill from 6 world class performers. Image via James Loudon.


Before the performance begins, we are warned: avoid flash photography and hold tight to our drinks. The fauna we're about to witness will get up close and personal.

Welcome to Fauna at the Adelaide Fringe 2017
Just what exactly is Fauna? Image via Fauna facebook page.


Emerging from the darkness, a musician takes his place in the spotlight at the centre of the room. Tranquil notes drip from his guitar strings as the audience gets its first glimpse of the curious Fauna we've come here to see.

What follows is an entrancing display of skill and finesse as we delight in discovering exactly what is "Fauna".

Welcome to Fauna at the Adelaide Fringe 2017
Don't forget to spare a glance for guitarist Geordie Little. Watching how he weaves together his music is almost as mesmerising as the show itself. Image via Fauna facebook page.


The longer we watch, the more identify the traits and skills unique to each performer, enhanced by minute actions and facial expressions. We follow their interactions and guess at the meaning behind each gesture, each leap and each movement.

Meanwhile, the musician, crafting atmospheric music from his guitar, acoustic sounds, and the sounds of the performers themselves, draws the audience deeper into the experience like Fauna's very own Pied Piper.

Welcome to Fauna at the Adelaide Fringe 2017
Watch out - the performers will get up close and personal. Sitting in the front row will make your heart race. Image via Fauna facebook page (@ekopics)


The entire performance culminates in the final act. You'll get no spoilers here, but suffice to say they've made everything look easy so far with their strength and skill - now spot the concentration on each face and the veins in each neck. What heights will they reach together?

Our advice? Sit in the front row. You won't want to miss a single minute of Fauna.

The Adelaide fringe is Fauna Circus' world premiere of their full-length show of the same name.


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Why? The most mesmerising performance you'll see at the Adelaide Fringe 2017.
When: 6.30pm daily from Feb 19 to Mar 19 (except Mondays) 4.00pm matinees on Saturdays
Phone: Adelaide Fringe Office: 08 8100 2000
Where: Royal Croquet Club at the Adelaide Fringe - Pinky Flat / Tarnda Womma, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide SA 5006
Cost: $28.00 per person / discounts may apply, see https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/fauna
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