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Heartstring Tangle - Fringe World Festival

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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
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Heartstring Tangle explores human emotion through dance


Heartstring Tangle had its world premiere at Perth's 2018 FRINGE WORLD Festival on Sunday, the 4th of February at 8pm. The show was held within the Opticum in the Showman's Fair. The Showman's Fair is a pop-up fairground located within Perth's Cultural Centre, which has been set up for FRINGE WORLD. The Opticum is right up the back of the Showman's Fair. It's bright yellow and shaped like a spinning top and has a big sign out the front of it.

Opticum at The Showman's Fair
The Opticum at The Showman's Fair


Heartstring Tangle is part circus and part theatre show. Kaleido Company has put together a show that combines dance, poetry, raw emotion and acrobatic and aerial acts to tell a story about human emotion. It will be showing at the Opticum every night from the 4th to the 10th of February at 8pm and 9pm each night.

Heartstring Tangle - Fringe World Festival
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Heartstring Tangle stars circus artists Hamish Rickward and Sarah Green. These two were amazing and the heart and soul of the show. When they came out to greet the audience they stepped out onto a stage decorated with just a wooden table, a tea set and a briefcase full of blocks. Hamish and Sarah occupied every inch of that stage. There was so much emotion stamped on their faces. The way they worked in unison to tell their story through dance and circus acts was fascinating to watch.

Heartstring Tangle - Fringe World Festival
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I really liked how lighting and music was used in the show. In one scene, the lights turned blue, Sarah grabbed her head and started rocking anxiously, while a soundtrack of whispering voices filled the auditorium. It was a really clever way to demonstrate anxiety without using a single line of dialogue.

Heartstring Tangle - Fringe World Festival
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Heartstring Tangle is light on plot. The exact nature of the relationship between Hamish and Sarah is not spelt out to the audience. What does the briefcase full of blocks mean? What's the deal with the tea set? How you interpret everything will be up to you. I personally really enjoyed it and thought it was very well done.

Heartstring Tangle - Fringe World Festival


Kaleido Company will be donating $1 from every ticket sold to Heartstring Tangle to beyondblue to help promote good mental health and well-being.

To purchase a ticket to Heartstring Tangle, please CLICK HERE.
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Why? Heartstring Tangle uses dance, poetry, theatre and breath-taking acrobatic and aerial feats to tell a story about mental health and emotion and the human condition.
When: February 4 to February 10 at 8pm and 9pm each night. The show runs for 45 minutes
Phone: 614 34 190 450
Where: The Opticum at The Showman's Fair, Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, 6003, WA
Cost: $20 a ticket
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This looks awesome Riss. How beautiful and moving. I am so pleased that they are donating to BeyondBlue as well. Gorgeous.
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