It’s a classic format – the zany clown MC, who has a few tricks up his sleeve, and a back-to-back cabaret line-up featuring a handful of the greatest performers from around the world.
The West Australian Circus Festival is on in Margaret River just before the Fringe season, and Lunar Circus cherry pick the best performers to stay on for another few weeks before they fly back to the far reaches of the planet.
It truly is a collection of greats, starring French diabolist Fabian Galouye, Argentinian aerial artist Mariano Rocco, stunning German trapeze artist Seraina Imholz, sassy Tasmanian hula-hooper Anna Fisher, speed-juggler extraordinaire Marc Dorffner and the mind-blowing perch skills of Rodrigo and Solene from Mexico and Spain.
I have seen perch performed very rarely in my life (and I am a keen circus goer) and it was truly amazing. The audience was a sea of mouths open and eyes wide.
You will have to see it to believe it!
Nearly all the acts were very classic, very traditional skills performed with grace and aplomb. The one exception was the unusual contemporary dance piece performed by Mariano Rocco on an aerial ring that was lowered so as to be leaning on the surface of the stage.
The striking and subtle dance piece was the perfect counter-balance to the high-energy acts on either side, drawing us into a place of contemplative awe.
If you enjoy the circus, than these acts present a snapshot of the highest level skills that can be attained by circus performers. Each 5-minute performance presents 10 years or more of training – and now they make it look effortless.