Fringe Review: Le Aerial

Aerial Artists Australia present an hour of aerial ballet, accompanied by a mixture of live song and pre-recorded music and a touch of on-the-ground ballet too!

High flying acrobatics don’t really soar.

Reviewed at the Apollo Theatre, Adelaide Convention Centre on 22 February 2019

Presented by Aerial Artists Australia

Four female and two male aerial acrobats entertain for an hour, accompanied by a pleasant soundtrack that includes a number of songs sung live by an extraordinary crooner introduced simply as Mark.

There is an abundance of talent on stage, enhanced by sensational lighting and some fun costumes. Sadly, that’s where the great things end.

For a show that focusses on only one style of circus act, an audience should be able to expect something beyond the usual – some kind of wow factor that puts it above other circuses that offer more variety. Instead, none of the acts offer anything new to see. There’s repetition in the choreography with a lack of drama and tension. The choice of music, featuring many ballads, are pleasant to the ear, but also fail to add any excitement. The one and only male routine offers the most interesting choreography, but quickly falls victim to repetition too.

The skill of the cast shouldn’t be underestimated. They’re all impressive, but what’s on offer in the air can be seen as a single act in another circus of your choice. If aerial ballet is your thing, then this hour of it should be high up on your list but, if you’re looking to be enthralled by something new or daring, you’re unlikely to find it here.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Venue:  Apollo Theatre, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide
Season:  Until 24 February 2019
Duration:  1 hour
Tickets:  $24-$35

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