From the opening beat box number, you know that Limbo is something refreshingly different. A bikini clad woman with a rabbit’s head looks on, standing alongside a hot 1940s dame. Sound effects spew from the mouth of a performer, a la 1980s sensation Michael Winslow, while a live band joins the party.
This is more than just circus; it’s entertainment. Tap dancing strongmen, singing pole dancers, fire breathing sword swallowers, and flourishes of magic, intertwine into an evening of sheer amazement and joy. Limbo is as funky as it is exotically erotic. The multi-racial cast flirt, dance and charm with surprising twists to old tricks and new stunts rarely seen. The aerial ballet on flexing poles is particularly notable.
The quirky band comprises an old fashioned tuba, harmonica, drums, guitar and other assorted instruments, complemented by beat boxing and the occasional song. Between the circus acts, dancing becomes a celebration and simple things entrance, like a light bulb silently swinging.
Underbelly Productions produced last year’s hits, Cantina and Tom Tom Crew and this world première is yet another a sure winner.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Venue: Paradiso Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Park, Adelaide
Season: 15 February 1 17 March
Duration: 1 hour
Tickets: $45.00 – $48.00
Bookings: FringeTix, Box Office in Rundle Mall, or phone 1300 621 255