Australian company Casus bring physical performance Knee Deep to Fringe 2012
Festival show takes gymnastics and feats of strength to new level
This article is from 2012.
How do you assemble a circus show when those involved are all busy with projects abroad? Skype’s fine for generating ideas, says Jesse Scott of Casus, but this newly-formed Australian company’s inaugural show, Knee Deep didn’t begin to find its legs ‘until we started throwing each other around and balancing on each other’s outstretched limbs.’
The result is a show that has been praised as a ‘jaw-droppingly unbelievable’ display of ‘heart-stopping skill.’ Comprised of performers from CIRCA, Briefs Collective, Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Polytoxic, each member of Casus is unique.
Scott pegs feline, UK-born gymnast and handstand specialist Emma Serjeant as ‘fearless, nimble and strong,’; Samoan ‘tissu’ expert (in which you wrap up in fabric and drop-twist down) Natano Fa’anana as imbued with ‘a raw, powerful style’; and Lachlan McAulay as ‘effortlessly graceful and focused whether flipping on the ground, in the air or from one person to the other.’ While Scott himself is an all-rounder whose true love is trapeze.
He describes Knee Deep as an intimate show set in a world ‘where gravity seems meaningless and language is forgotten but not missed. We want the audience to see the sweat dripping from our bodies, the strain our muscles are undergoing and the joy in our eyes.'
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 13, 20), 7.35pm, £14–£15 (£13–£14). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £10.