Sonics In Duum
Contemporary circus with a fantasy vibe
This article is from 2014.
The world has turned topsy-turvy and a renegade troupe of acrobats has been consigned to live beneath the earth. That’s the premise of Italian company Sonics’ fantasy-themed acrobatics show, Duum – so named after the noise a jump makes.
All the hallmarks of an accomplished cirque nouveau show are there: aerial silks, hand-balance, some super-lithe adagio from Claudio Bertolino and Alessandro Pietrolini, who brace themselves into all manner of muscular shapes like doubles of da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. But there’s a balance-and-pose house style to the company that leaves their acts feeling a little dated, compared to some of the more inventive contemporary circuses in town.
The soft rock, New Age soundtrack and dramatically-masked ringmaster feel reminiscent of 90s television magic, while props are relied on to pad out the show; neon-lit hula hoops, twirly batons and giant winged costumes. It’s a shame because the aerials are slick, and the finale – a giant hoop around which the entire cast clamber – original and beautiful. But with NoFit State parked up at one end of town and Circa at the other, the circus bar, so to speak, has just been raised too high.
Gilded Balloon, 0131 622 6552, until 23 Aug (not 12), 4.30pm, £10--£11 (£9--£10).