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Youth Reaching High Places
Try Again is a clever, perceptive peek behind the curtain into the training lives of circus performers. It is not all grace and glamorous costumes.
Opening with training routines and voice over thoughts, the audience sees a glimpse of the pain and practice that produces performance perfection. But not every aerial trick succeeds. How do you deal with falls and mistakes?
Emotion is worked out in fights, dance and a variety of coping strategies. This is an ideal show for subtly posing questions of resilience and recovery to children. The back rows of our performance were filled with three rows of uniformed school students and their astute teacher.
The five performers on stage range in age from 12 to 22. It is great for kids in the audience to be inspired by other children who have followed their interests and practised their skills to reach performance standard.
Alex Charman and Samuel Matthewman, two members of the youthful Vertical Insanity Circus, showcase their skills with aerial silks, contemporary dance, poi and acrobatics.
The emotion was raw, the dance creative and the acrobatic synchronicity stunning. Miss Eight summed up these same thoughts by saying, 'I like the bit where they pretended to fight but turned it into nice dancing.'
Alex works out her anger in dance. She finds a good use for a man bun. Sam's poi twirls were a calming lull. They were perfectly matched to the evocative strains of Dueling Ninjas by Trace Bundy.
Vertical Insanity Circus is a contemporary circus company founded by a group of local Adelaide circus artists. They developed their first performance Trapped for the Adelaide Fringe in 2015. This team of enthusiastic and talented artists have since performed Trapped, Try Again and High Tea with Burl Esque at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and toured their latest work, Mortal Sins, to the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Try Again is great family entertainment. It is under the big red Empyrean tent at Gluttony.