Body Language: A Simple Space
If you think the body is a remarkable instrument – you ain’t seen nothing yet’. Christchurch Arts Festivals’ breath-taking entry A Simple Space is exactly what it says on the box – black floor matting, a few lights and up close and personal with some serious acrobatics by way of the tremendous talents of the aptly-named seven-piece Australian circus troupe Gravity & Other Myths.
There’s no special effects, elaborate costumes, gimmicks or circus-type frills and, occasionally, no shirts in this pared-back and relentless 60 minutes of gravity-defying human towers, dread-inducing tumbles and falls, ridiculous feats of strength and balance, strip-speed-skipping and taking ‘I could do that standing on my head’ to a whole other level!
The deft, dexterous performers totally own the stage, and at times there’s so much going on as bodies are substituted for jungle gyms, skipping ropes, musical instruments and Frogger-style landing pads that it’s hard to keep up with all the clever one-upmanship, even up this close. Breaking down barriers between the performers and the audience, the intimate performance allows you to hear every exertion and rapid breath, and see sweat literally dripping off brows.
It’s edge-of-the-seat, mouth agape fast, furious, fun and funny shenanigans (think Parkour without the park!) that doesn’t let up until they sprint out the exit after a much deserved standing ‘O’. Try not to blink – you won’t want to miss a thing!
A Simple Space
To 13 September
Charles Luney Auditorium
Tickets at Ticketek