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Humans - Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

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by John Andrew (subscribe)
I enjoy "fine dining", presenting programs on radios 4MBS, MBS Light and 4RPH and going to drama and music at Brisbane theatres.
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"Humans" is a stunning, visionary performance which will make you think, feel and most importantly, laugh, about the human condition.

Circa contemporary circus aims to push the boundaries of modern performance, blurring the boundaries between movement, dance, theatre and circus , exploring our surly lot: our trials, tribulations and triumphs.

This theme of humanising the performance began at the outset.
Many an eye turned when the performers in regular clothing one by one strode unto the stage and began to take their clothes off, peeling away to the performance clothes underneath. Beyond reminding me of my physical and aesthetic limitations, it both brought the actors away from the esoterica of performance and subject, and humanity into the domain of the stage.

With the shells off the performers immediately dived under our skin and into our hearts, beginning with a stumbling rendition of waking up. The actor fumbled and bumbled like most mortals, but the grace, power and artistry allowed a more sinewy performance, allowing her to draw both a portrait and a caricature of the process.
This was but the beginning though with the athletic feats rising higher and higher.

Trapeze, rope dancing, contortion and human pyramids, all the tropes performed with audacity to leave us breathless,
however all the while rooted in an exploration of the human condition: how people behave and how they make and unmake each other, mental illness, manipulation, sex, redemption and ceaseless, perhaps absurd and useless searching.

Weighty themes indeed, yet it never ceased to have moments of humour dispersed throughout, from what could be described as one of the most oddest mating rituals seen on stage for a while to an entire cast being infected with an insatiable urge to lick their own elbows which, despite their athleticism, was never quite achieved.

Overall this performance delivers on what they set out to do more, delving into a cutting-edge and exciting medium.

"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto" said Terence -- "I am human, and nothing human is alien to me."

Which 2,200 years later may well have been the message of this cutting-edge, engaging and challenging show.

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When: 6th-9th December
Where: Playhouse QPAC
Cost: $39 - $69
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