Syncope is a spectacular, precise and death-defying acrobatic performance. Aptly named after a sudden drop in blood pressure, the exacting nature of every moment of this show will have audiences amazed at the artistic power on display.
Using a free-standing, pyramid style frame, the eight performers slice through the evening heat with their bodies, relying on each other and their own strength using various aerial apparatus.
The lyra (aerial hoop), the silk, a suspended pole and pedestals provide the troupe with the tools to impress the audience.
The contortion displayed by the women and men in this show is amazing. They are clearly using every fibre of muscle in their bodies to achieve impossible heights, and yet present an ease and sometimes relaxed-as-a-ragdoll facade.
This is representative not just of the control exercised over movement but every aspect of this performance. The curated nature of the show is such that the costumes, the equipment, the music and environment all work together as a fluid single entity. The atmosphere is built up by the perfect application of obscure but powerful music by Agnes Obel, Mansionair and Arca, supported by a live violinist. The heavy warmth of Perth summer nights even participates as an enthusiastic part of the whole package on show.
Just below the surface of the visual acrobatics are the themes explored by this display. How human anatomy interacts with powerful emotion and is power physical or emotional seems to question each observer.
Syncope is presented by Western Australian company Kinetica. Based in suburban Perth, Kinetica is a performing arts and circus school for both kids and adults. It seems evident that the members of this crew spend all of their time perfecting their craft. Moving amongst each other within a hair’s breath or purposely intertwined, their chemistry as a strong, diverse, artistic family is enviable. This company have presented equally well crafted shows at FRINGE WORLD since 2012 and Perth audiences would do well to look out for them every year.