Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Sonics in Toren, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter.
With the explosion of circus taking over the Fringe, it can be hard to know which show to choose. So here’s a word to the wise – if you’re looking for straightforward, mainstream, purely here-to-entertain circus skills, then Sonics are the guys for you.
You know exactly what you’re getting with this hard-working Italian company. The brightly patterned unitards, the electronica-meets classical music, the coloured lights, dry ice and meaningful stares all combine to produce aerial and acrobatic work which may not move you, or stimulate debate, but will most certainly impress.
Sitting on a large throne, head Sonic Alessandro Pietrolini loses himself in a book, dreaming of a different life. The rest of the show sees those dreams materialise, as feathered creatures and angels appear to help him see things in a new way.
There is no shortage of brute strength on offer (one-on-one balances, powerful lifts) or delicate beauty (aerial ribbon work, graceful spins on high) and there is never a moment when you don’t feel as though you’re in safe hands. But if you’re in the market for something new, challenging or subtle, Sonics may not have it in stock.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 19 August 2015
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