Dance review: A Simple Space

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: A Simple Space at Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), reviewed by Kelly Apter

Australian circus troupe Gravity and Other Myths comprises five performers with obscenely good acrobatic skills. Between them, the four men and one woman produce one electrifying shoulder stand, head balance and human tower after another.

Their approach is stripped back and bare, performed on a square of plain carpet. No frills, no fuss, just talent.

But at just over 35 minutes long (rather than the advertised 50) A Simple Space feels like it’s over before it’s begun. Especially since moments such as stripping while skipping (then dressing again), breath-holding competitions, and getting the audience to throw plastic balls at them, feel like padding that’s a step down from their capabilities.

Gravity and Other Myths has incredible balance, bravery and skill on its side, but irrespective of the simplicity, this show still feels less than it should be.

Until 26 August. Today 1:30pm

More info: A Simple Space is at Gilded Balloon Teviot

Originally published in The Scotsman

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