Semi Circus: Murmurations
A version of this review of the Semi Circus show Murmurations originally appeared on the blog http://www.dadapalooza.com
Semi Circus Â Murmurations
The show starts off as a kind of therapy session. Â A therapist comes in and asks an audience member if they have been working on what they talked about last week. Â She then asks other audience members. Â Slowly the company comes in, and each of them has a quirk. Â Throughout the course of the show, each person stands forward to do their act as a way of dealing with/ expressing their quirk.
By the way, a murmuration is a formation of starlings that make complex and interesting formations as they fly. Â This is a good word for this kind of work, as the actors murmurate (assuming it’s a verb) as they display their skills and their foibles.
The show was a very lovely mix of circus and theatre. Â There was a lot of comedy, some very impressive skills, and a lot of heart to the show. Â One particularly moving part for me was when the therapist does her bit, which involved a talking belly (her own). Â It was funny, brave, hilarious, and moving all at once.
The company is directed by local circus writer Kimzyn Campbell, and two of her children are in the show as well. Â It reminded me a lot of the Montreal circus companyÂ Sept Droits de la MainÂ (7 Fingers of the Hand), a group of young circus artists who have now built seven or eight shows that tour worldwide with a similar aesthetic. Â The 7 Fingers are more virtuosic in their circus skills, but the ability to really share stories while in a handstand, or while juggling, or by doing barrel rolls is in some ways more important, and these young performers have that.
I look forward to seeing the next iteration of either this show or a new one.
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