There was a moment in the middle of Circa's latest show – a cut or, you might say, a distilled version of a piece seen in
This is a strange, smoky show from the Australian circus company, who may be well on their way to world domination but still have a highly developed sense of the ridiculous. It both celebrates and laughs at the absurdity of our attempts to climb the pole, do a Rubik's cube in impossible circumstances, and tie ourselves in knots.
The performers are astonishing in the casualness with which they display their extraordinary skill. They can do things with their bodies – fly and flip through the air as if they own it – that we can only dream of doing. But we identify with them, because we know that the skin between their world and ours is a very thin one. Beneath the absurd normality of our existence is a place where lunacy bubbles; where we can all be giants and strongwomen, too.
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