Fringe Review: Circolombia

Urban2012_Fuego_SandraCRoaPresented by Arts Projects Australia
Reviewed Saturday 16th February 2013

Surely one of the hottest tickets, if not the hottest cast in town is Circolombia, a testosterone fuelled urban circus of gyrating, singing acrobats glistening in the heat of a matinee scorcher.

The performers hail from the Circo Para Todos (Circus For All) school in Colombia and bring to the stage the usual fare of tight rope walkers, somersaults, seesaw and hoops but, like all good modern circuses, they also bring a fresh rhythm that makes it all seem new again. More importantly, there are enough daredevil stunts to make even the most blasé circus goer gasp.

Based on the vision of Artistic Director Felicity Simpson, Circolombia is the whole package; it’s visual, lyrical, exciting and fast.

The songs are original, sung on stage to a pumping soundtrack which incorporates urban rhythms, hip hop, reggae, by a model cast grinding in a dim bath of coloured lights. They’re sexy and they know it.

Circus grunge is nothing new, but the intense, aggressive machismo on stage makes for a powerhouse of entertainment with a sharp, breathtaking edge.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.

Adelaide Fringe page

Circolombia website

Venue: The Big Top, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Park, Adelaide
Season: 15 February – 9 March
Duration: 75 minutes
Tickets: $40.00 – $52.00
Bookings: FringeTix, Box Office in Rundle Mall, or phone 1300 621 255

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