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June 27, 2013

Circa’s How Like An Angel has gasp-inducing highlights

Metro (UK):

Aussie company Circa’s site-responsive work was staged in four British cathedrals for the London 2012 Festival. For this short run, part of the City of London Festival, it pitches up in the captivating St Bartholomew The Great.

It’s a perfect setting to pay reverence to the wonder of physical movement. The six performers show strength, balance and contortion skills on elevated platforms, aerial silk and pole.

A drop from the church’s top tier by one performer is a gasp-inducing highlight, while Rowan Heydon-White’s shows of strength are awe-inspiring.

All the acrobatics are fluid and passionately executed but fairly standard. The a cappella choral work that accompanies it, however, from collaborating vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, adds a thrilling dimension.

Singers pass through the promenade space filling the gathering twilight with choral pieces ranging from Thomas Tallis to Xhosa spirituals.

They add an ecstatic swell and sense of human vulnerability to the superhuman feats around and above us.

Posted by acapnews at June 27, 2013 12:00 AM