Dance, physical theatre and circus review: Ringside
Dance, physical theatre and circus review: Ringside

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance, physical theatre and circus review: Ringside, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★ I’m standing, with chalk on my hands and a trapeze swinging above my head. It’s too high for me to reach, but I get the impression I’m supposed to try. Eventually a performer, Cory Johnson, effortlessly jumps to …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance, physical theatre and circus review: Ringside, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott

★★★

I’m standing, with chalk on my hands and a trapeze swinging above my head. It’s too high for me to reach, but I get the impression I’m supposed to try. Eventually a performer, Cory Johnson, effortlessly jumps to grab it and shows me, the only other person in the room, how it’s done.

It’s not often you get the chance to experience a one-to-one circus performance and, due to its limited capacity, this show (created by Ellie Dubois) is now sold out – the downside of such an intimate piece, but partly what makes it special. The other part is getting to see a strong and agile performer this close, to feel the air swoosh as they swing above you, and then suddenly swoop down in a way that makes you fear for your head. The aim is to celebrate the female body – one so often defined in circus simply by sequins and sparkles. With every move that Johnson makes we are silently asked to consider whether we could do the same.

In a ten-minute act it’s only possible to achieve so much, and when she leaves the trapeze, once again swinging, inviting, I decide not to try and clamber on it. We all have our strengths, but also our limitations.

Summerhall (Venue 26), until 29 August, various times from 10pm

Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015

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