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Tabarnak (Underbelly and Cirque Alfonse)

By | Published on Wednesday 15 August 2018

Cirque Alfonse, who brought us the incredible ‘Barbu’ in 2015, are back with a breathtaking show that’s full of their usual tongue-in-cheek flair. The word “tabarnak” is an expletive with religious connotations in the French-Canadian language, and the troupe play heavily on religious themes throughout. From some unorthodox bell-ringing, to a baptism, to dancing on a giant stained glass window, all the elements come together in an electrifying performance that weaves silly skits with gravity-defying acts. Live music and singing build the atmosphere, with clever use of unexpected instruments. It’s bold, naughty and a hell of a lot of fun. The performers make the most of the little details just as much as the dazzling tricks, all building up to a thrilling finale.

Underbelly’s Circus Hub on The Meadows, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Daisy Malt]