13 July 2013
Something that has always been wonderful about C!RCA is their ability to blur the lines between “carriers” and “flyers” — you can picture the distinction between those who ride and are tossed about and those who are ridden and do the tossing. This blurring extends to the roles taken by men and women, too, as everyone, or almost everyone, seems to have a chance in each of those roles.
Let’s talk about those silks a bit. One made an entrance as wrapping around one of the performers, who didn’t emerge until after the silk had been attached to the cable and elevated, and the performer inside climbed inside it, entirely hidden from our view, but obviously moving upward within the silk. Another was seized and spun by a performer who never left the ground, but kept rotating and moving like a tornado skipping around in a tight circle. I liked that we didn’t see a lot of the “traditional” type silk stunts (wrap myself in it and spin my way earthward), but saw some new things, including dropping from the silks to be caught by others below.
No short video can really capture the magic, but this one makes a good stab at it:
This is the third C!RCA show we have seen in Montréal, if I am not mistaken. I hope the message they got at the end of this performance will ensure that every one of their shows comes here. I’ll be first in line to buy my ticket.