Fringe shows you need to see: Ockham’s Razor – Tipping Point
Ockham's Razor

UK’s top aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor, bring their stunning new show Tipping Point to the Fringe.

What is it?

Ockham’s razor was formed in 2004, their minimalist approach to contemporary circus quickly becoming signature to their performances.

This year the five circus performers bring a whole new meaning to pole dancing with this enchanting and moving piece of theatre; as they climb, swing and dance round the stage aided by nothing more than a few telescopic poles and their own mesmerising circus skills.

Why should I see it?

As the performers walk on stage they casually stroll around offering a warm smile and an understated ‘hello’ to spectators, before drawing a large chalk circle that becomes their stage. This thin line of chalk is all that separates spectator and performer; certainly up close and personal.

The minimalist approach is refreshing, it’s not about cramming every imaginable circus act into one show, more about being inventive with one simple piece of apparatus and pushing the boundary of one art form. As an audience member you will be questioning ‘what else can they do with these poles?!’.

The emotional aspect of the show is also one of it’s greatest strengths, the theme of trust is prominent throughout and the bond between the five performers is genuine. While the feats of strength and gymnastics are other worldly, it’s the emotional element of the theatre that will  most surprise you.

Stand-out moment?

When the group had to guide one performer through a field of swinging poles in a contemporary game of ‘blind man’s buff’.

How can I see it?

Aug 12-25: Ockham’s Razor: Tipping Point is at C Venues – C Scala, August 12-25 at 3pm – More info

Anything else?

The name ‘Ockham’s Razor’ is in reference to a logical principle attributed to medieval philosopher William of Ockham. The principle states that in a choice of two theories the simpler one is preferable. The name razor comes from the desire to cut out unnecessary elements.

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