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The Lowry, 4 November 2011


When you watch this thrilling show you realise that human beings can be the physical equal of any animal.

But animals would not have the will, imagination, inclination or courage to defy gravity or risk injury as these performers do.

The show combines circus skills – acrobatics, contortion – with gymnastics and modern dance.  Many feats, most actually, involve more than one person and require coordination and communication of a high order, not to mention trust.  Some embody narrative, jokes or a dramatic situation; one or two could in fact be a long forgotten prehistoric ritual.  Especially so when you consider the way in which Kimberley Rossi, the only female in the troupe, was passed around like a prize, a resource the males fought over.  Caveman antics writ large.

 Kimberley Rossi got to wear red shoes in one intriguing sensual routine, mind.  These were peep-toe court shoes, according to The Ultimate Authority, though Americans, for their own obscure reasons, would call them pumps.

Circa as a show is intense, concentrated, fast-moving, polished and very classy indeed.  Expect a forest of formidable feats, a jungle of jaunty japes.

However good you think this show will be, it will be better.  Circa is at The Lowry again tonight then it tours Europe, tour dates are here.