“Falling!” can be heard from the top of a single-human-tower before trust weighs completely down to rest. Bodies are presented to be light as feather when tossed from a grip onto another; the elasticity through the performers’ veins could be questioned from the amount of body twisting, weaving and climbing to shape human structures.
Seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve; this performance is simultaneously raw, frantic and delicate. Supported by driving live percussion and presented so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment.
A Simple Space evokes real responses in audiences, something visceral rather than cerebral. Instead of fine-tuning the performance with makeup, lighting and contrived theatrical overlay, the cast have deliberately gone the opposite way. The audience is brought in close to surround the stripped back stage. In that space the acrobats are pushed to the physical limit, breaking down their usual guards and introducing the reality of failure and weakness. With nothing left to hide behind personal narratives come through naturally. This honesty is the essence behind A Simple Space.
Photo by: Chris Herzfeld