Presented by: Fauna
Reviewed on: 12 March 2017
If you’re looking for a circus show that’s more thought-provoking than full of outright astonishing feats, Fauna should be your go to. Don’t get us wrong, their tricks and skills are amazing, and nothing to turn a blind eye to, but the part of the show that will stick with you the longest is the meaning behind it. It’s very different from your typical circus show – more of an interpretive dance with circus additions – but it’s different in a good way.
The show compares and contrasts human movement and primal animal behaviours, and shows how similar they are. The audience can relate to human elements in each character, even though each performer embodies a particular animalistic characteristic. The way the performers work cohesively is very fluid, and the way they play off of one another, in their respective characters, really differentiates them from one another. They all embody their character fully, whether in facial expressions or even the way they walk, and are more than circus performers, they’re storytellers.
The venue is a small, intimate setting where it doesn’t feel like a space to applaud after every feat. It feels as though you should immerse yourself in the experience, and applaud at the end, as to not disturb the animals they’ve become.
If you’re thinking of taking the kids – definitely do. They will enjoy it and the performers make a point of performing towards the children in the front row, though really young ones may not entirely understand the concept or may get bored, as it is quite slow and pensive.