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Sediment at FRINGE WORLD Festival - Review

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It's called the Pleasure Garden's 'Big Top' but all through the media preview of this performance, I could imagine these performers on a much bigger stage.

How they managed such feats of physicality in such an intimate space is even more of a testament to their incredible skills.

Inspired by Dostoyevsky, Sediment is a push and pull, consistent yearning and then turning away, visual platter of delicious desire and humanity. Bravely blending circus and contemporary dance, balancing on bottles (yes, both of them, yes, her standing on his arm) and trapeze, guitar, a touch of magic, and a tension between the two performers you can't bear to look away from, Sediment had us clenching our belly muscles and holding our breath more than once.

Sediment promises audiences they'll "redefine circus" and they deliver.

Here are two people - sans flashy costumes, supported by a carefully crafted original score, and up close enough to see the first beads of sweat appear and the look between the two as one leaps into the others' arms. It's at times personal and at times fascinating, and it's entirely delightfully entertaining. An hour went by in the blink of a (held breath and) eye.

Back in the day, I was chosen to take a tap masterclass with Brenda Buffalino - the quintessential queen of soft-shoe shuffle - so I thought I knew a thing or two about tap. Sediment's sand shuffle brought a tear to my tap dance loving heart. It was truly something else. Also, did I mention they balanced on BOTTLES?

Sediment is the winner of Best Circus at Melbourne Fringe and a winner of Innovation in Circus at the Green Room Academy.

It's at the Big Top at Fringe World Festival most nights from now until the 16th of February.

Watch just a taster of the fantastic you'll experience at Sediment below.

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Why? Be delighted, amazed, and question your concept of Circus
When: From now until February 16th, most evenings
Phone: (08) 9227 0588
Where: Big Top, Pleasure Garden, Fringe World
Cost: From $20
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