Circolombia performing at Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows - The Lafayette is unfortunately, due to available time, probably my only circus performance this Fringe, so I deliberately chose a company that I had not seen before.
How to describe Circolombia then? Well, this show is a mixture of urban rap music, performance and circus performances. The combined result is a little bit like watching a music video with entertainment, and to be honest, I am not sure that the music part of it is working anywhere near as well as the circus performance; the blend is not seamless. Presentation-wise, the music part of the show could be a lot slicker and tighter choreographed. I have seen more visually theatrical circus productions over the years but, to be fair here, some of them were using a lot of technology to achieve this and this show uses none, simply just our performers. The circus performance though is both breathtaking and terrifying in equal measures.
Circolombia is a high risk performance at every move for its performers, and there is no margin for error here at all, and just when you think there is not another level of skills or danger that can be added, Circolombia’s performers do exactly that. This is the sort of show where you just hold your breath hoping that nothing happens to these performers during their acts.
Everything is taken to another level here in displays of strength, power, balance, agility and risk. I am deliberately not concentrating on any particular performances in this review as if you are reading this review and going to see Circolombia like me for the first time then I want you to have that unexpected factor to your visit too.
To be fair to Circolombia in my earlier comments about the theatrical side of the show, this is a Fringe performance and the time for any performance is small, and the luxury of bringing a full design and technical team in to deal with a stage specific “theatrical” performance side of the show is I suspect simply not there. That is probably for another show and another venue.
Circolombia are a touring company with multiple show projects, and your circus experience can be tailored to your specific event and venue. Their website has more details at http://circolombia.com/shows/
Review by Tom King
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows - The Lafayette
Aug 3-7, 9-12, 14-19, 21-25
Group: Underbelly and Circolombia