Syncope – fainting – insufficient blood flows to the brain – also known as passing out. In this show, popular local company Kinetika explore the line between waking and unconsciousness, and ask us how can we really tell the difference?
The venue sets the tone for the event. Set in St George’s, an exquisite cathedral in the heritage precinct that was built in 1879, it has a rare beauty not often seen in Australian architecture. The cavernous ceilings, fine detailing and religious iconography is a striking set in itself.
The show, exploring that line between waking and sleeping, presents an ever-changing array of dreamscapes. The fusion of ominous architecture and half-heard prayers echoing on the edge of awareness, imbued the acrobats with shapes hewn straight from biblical tales of woe and righteousness.
An epic soundtrack took full advantage of the incredible acoustics. The vibrant base reverberated through my skin and enveloped me in the performance.
Unfortunately, the sight lines are very poor for all the ground-based acts, which detracted from the performance somewhat, and contributes to my rating here.
Although I was seated quite close to the front of the main hall, I struggled to see anything that happened below waist height, as I am sure most 75 per cent of the audience would have experienced as well. My advice – get in early to nab those precious front row seats!
Glimpses of beautiful synchronised dance whet my appetite but were never to be fully consumed.
A highlight was the array of interesting duo aerial pieces. Each apparatus, lyra, silks, and rope, was explored in a multitude of ways by interchanging pairs of performers, and many new and original shapes were seen.
The familiarity of the performers was evident, their extent of their hard work always visible.
My personal highlight was the solo performance on the silks by a young man whose movements varied from slow and tender to fervent, angered and almost gruesome.
It made me think of the tarot card the Hanged Man, who ostensibly is punished for his crimes, but takes himself to the gallows, in a dramatic self-flagellation. A very striking solo.
A gorgeous show, hurry to grab the last few tickets before the season sells out!