German company Circle of Eleven has created an extraordinarily unique one-man show that plays with perception through comedy, acrobatics and movement.
To one side of the stage is a set tipped on its side. A light bulb protrudes from the left wall; the right wall becomes the floor. On the other half of the stage, a live projection tilts the action 90 degrees so it’s the right way up.
As the solo performer rolls, climbs and scrabbles around in his topsy-turvy world, he appears to walk on walls in the projection and defy gravity at every turn. Add in some animation late in the piece and the surreal world becomes an even greater fantastical scene.
Originally directed by Montréal Actor and Director Daniel Brière, Leo is a striking piece of work that now boasts several casts touring the world. The premise may seem simple but the complexity of the choreography and the spatial awareness required to pull off this feat cannot be discounted. Never before has a man and his suitcase been so fascinating and entertaining.
Sit in the rear bleachers of The Vagabond theatre for the best view.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Venue: The Vagabond, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Park, Adelaide
Season: 15 February – 16 March
Duration: 1 hour
Tickets: $28.00 – $35.00
Bookings: FringeTix, Box Office in Rundle Mall, or phone 1300 621 255