- Donald Hutera
- 14 August 2015
This article is from 2015.
Hit urban circus puts an all-male spin on all things round
Rotation is the name of the game in a sporty production that places athletes, acrobats, dancers and musicians in the spotlight. Directed by the Australian percussionist Gene Peterson, the entire likeably slick package is billed as urban circus. Accurate, given that it’s a chance for hip hop culture to rub shoulders with big top skills. What’s more, as a piece of uncomplicated popular entertainment for all ages it seems to work a treat, with a full house responding enthusiastically to all that was on offer.
Just about everything in the show has something to do with roundness, whether it’s the oversized Cyr wheel inside which Australia’s Rhys Miller spins; the globe-like objects deftly manipulated by America’s crowd-pleasing Basketball Man (yup, that’s his name); the head pirouettes and full-bodied floor work of Kareem and Leerock, b-boys who respectively hail from America and New Zealand; the tyres upon which the Hungarian BMX Flatlander champ Peter Sore executes his tricks; or the aural loops of the UK beatboxer and vocalist Sam Perry. The rapport between the men is pleasantly palpable, although it might have been interesting to see at least one or two women invited into this all-male preserve.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 31 Aug (not 17), 4.15pm, £15–£16 (£13–£14).