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Sonics In Duum (Sonics)

By | Published on Sunday 31 August 2014

This visual treat from Italian acrobatic troupe Sonics demonstrates the power of collaboration, both in its hopeful message and the demanding physical feats that occur on stage. In a post-apocalyptic subterranean world, a group of survivors try to make it back up to the Earth’s surface. Aerialists swing from silks high in the air and use each other as building blocks in their fight to make the jump or ‘Duum’. Their skill is sometimes let down by a corny and jumbled narration, and actor/dancer Antonio Villella as the storyteller Serafino is unfairly overshadowed by the more physical performances – his body-popping dream sequence is actually one of the most satisfying scenes to watch. Overall, the clever use of light and gasp-inducing acrobatics still make this a memorable show.

Gilded Balloon, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Laura Gavin]