From the depths of Melbourne's pool of circus talent, NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts)'s second year students opened PESCADO - A Circus Cabaret Fusion last night; an aquatic themed performance presenting a sea of body popping, beatboxing, scuba DJ infused, acrobatic fishery with enough muscles to make a paella jealous.
Should you be one of the lucky ones to have your hands on a ticket to this season's sell out show at the National Circus Centre in Prahran, you are in for a whale of a good time.
Twenty multi-talented performing artists present their skill-set in an oceanesque intimate setting that opens with scuba divers swimming through the air before the gang bursts onto the stage a loud and lavish Venice Beach style group display, with Ryan Darwin taking centre stage to impress the crowd with his rolla bolla act.
After a frog pond acrobatic trio and a synchronized swim ensemble, Sir Walter Russ (Hugo Bladel) the walrus-y ringmaster takes to the stage with his hilarious Prawn Star Supreme backing dancers.
As well as being PESCADO's compère, Sir Walter Russ also happens to master the art of soccer ball spinning on stage, after which The Prawn Star Supremes welcome a tidal wave of laughs with their most unusual foot juggle act in the middle of two very large mirrors.
Acting out an early morning fish market scene, the juggle quartet propel more than a handful of 'fish' clubs through the air to each other with remarkable precision.
Next up, a scene representing a skate park battle begins with Sir Walter Russ showing off this beatboxing skills, as performing artists Patch Chapman and Leigh Rhodes challenge each other to spin in the mono wheel (roue cyr), coupled with Jordan O'Brien taking his BMX to the stage and Tara Silcock performing her roller skate hoop.
After Charlie Rust and Jonathan Morgan take to the straps with their trusting counterweights, Charlie continues to impress the audience with his daring diablo juggling.
Up next, drag cabaret meets Broadway as Jordan Revell belts out a theatrical number whilst acting the part of a baby manta ray caught up in the Ariel Net. He performs his extraordinarily flexible acrobatics while telling the unfortunate on-stage tale that leads to the demise of the baby manta.
To break the woe, Mikalya Adams takes to the stage as a baby whale telling ocean infused stand up jokes before Kirra Roberts takes on the horizontal beam and performs a rather majestic drowning scene.
Although hard to describe to someone who hasn't experienced a NICA performance before, what you can expect to see within underwater-themed PESCADO will leave you in awe of what can be achieved, just two years into a three year full-time Bachelor of Circus Arts degree course.
PESCADO - A Circus Cabaret Fusion is currently showing until 16 May, 2015. Although all shows are now sold out, do not despair if you have not purchased a ticket; there will be another chance to see tomorrow's future circus stars in NICA's Circus Showcase 2015 - Last Orders! in just four weeks from now. Tickets are now on sale for Last Orders!here, don't miss out!