BWW Review: Casus Circus Brings KNEE DEEP To Thrill And Amaze SYDNEY FESTIVAL Audiences
Tuesday 12 January 2016, 5:45pm, The Famous Spiegeltent, Hyde Park Sydney
Brisbane based Casus Circus stuns SYDNEY FESTIVAL audiences with their beautiful display of precision, poise and playfulness in KNEE DEEP. Circus acrobatics and aerials are displayed with breathtaking effect in this honest, uncluttered expression of skill and sensitivity in the 'Famous Spiegeltent'.
In an age when many circus companies resort to flashy costumes and over engineered special effects it is refreshing to see a company present an honest display of their talent. The quartet of 3 men and 1 female are simply dressed in dark, plain costumes that each express a little character but do not distract the eye from the outstanding performance. The four express a tight bond of trust blended with a degree of mischievousness in the one hour performance of physical skill, all set to a deliciously varied soundtrack that includes ethereal violins, percussive beats, relaxed jazz and bold orchestral arrangements.
With a repeating theme of the fragility of eggs, the four have a beautiful fluidity to their actions as they balance, bound, lift and climb their way around the eggs, each other, and the aerial equipment. Whilst there are some elements that are now common to many circus performances like the silks, there is a breathtaking sequence of the full ensemble presenting a routine with the Trapeze.
KNEE DEEP is a sensitively crafted performance that is set to amaze and amuse audience members of all ages. There is a lovely balance of heart in your mouth moments, physical comedy, aerial work and floor routines that are all presented in the round.
Photos: Prudence Upton
The Famous Spiegeltent
Hyde Park North
11-26 January 2016