This is a review from the 2018 season. This show is returning in 2019.
Produced by Aerial Artists Australia based in South Australia, Le Aerial pays tribute to the wonderful history of aerial circus whilst incorporating innovative equipment, including a flying pole, to inspire creative new manoeuvres.
It is a Saturday evening and The Woodside Pleasure Garden is alive with movement and colour as the sounds of music and laughter permeate through a nearby spiegeltent into the open air.
The buzz continues as audience members enter the Big Top circus tent and fill the seats for this sold out session.
Despite the loud music and chatting inside the venue, the six performers quietly enter the stage and immediately capture the attention of all present.
The only male performer within the group assumes a role similar to a maestro. Leading by singing a rendition of “Mad World” (originally sung by Tears For Fears) while another plays a gentle harp to accompany, the remaining performers provide a small sampling of what is to come.
Each act that follows is technically stunning. The skill and precise timing required to execute the aerial choreography is outstanding.
Featuring elements of stylised movement, neo classical ballet and gymnastics, the supporting music and costumes varied in style and era, including contemporary, to complement each act.
One highlight involves a circular spinning cage where two performers mirror each other with complex synchronised moves whilst the maestro confidently and capably sings “Feeling Good”, a crowd favourite made famous by Nina Simone in the mid 1960’s.
For some of the acts, dimmer overall lighting with a spotlight focussed on the main performance could have heightened the sense of danger however, the lighting used allowed for shadows to gracefully dance across the ceiling of the Big Top which was beautiful in itself.
If you have ever marvelled at the display of suspension using silk material within circus shows, Le Aerial elevates this to another level by showcasing four performers skilfully mastering the use of silks all at once through excellent spatial awareness, strength, control and timing.
Allowing the performers individual personalities to shine through or even creating characters may have enhanced the inter-play and cohesion of the cast yet, the audience appeared enthralled regardless.
Filled with dazzling costumes and daring acts of strength, Le Aerial is sure to wow and amaze.