Dance, physical theatre and circus review: Wings in My Heart
Dance, physical theatre and circus review: Wings in My Heart

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance, physical theatre and circus review: Wings in My Heart, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★★ It’s hard to imagine a more striking or memorable opening than the first few minutes of Wings of My Heart. Naked flames flickering up from the stage slowly burn away to reveal a pool of …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance, physical theatre and circus review: Wings in My Heart, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter

★★★★

It’s hard to imagine a more striking or memorable opening than the first few minutes of Wings of My Heart. Naked flames flickering up from the stage slowly burn away to reveal a pool of water – out of which bursts a woman, droplets of water flying from her wet hair as she throws her head back.

Although nothing quite tops that, there is no shortage of beautiful images in this 90-minute show. A pendulum of blue balls is lowered from above, swinging mesmerically in a figure of eight pattern while performers dodge and weave between them. A giant pair of wings gently floats up and down as two women, one high, one low, deliver an aerial routine inside it. A long rope on a pulley is home to a male/female couple, whose relationship is played out as they fly high in the air with intimate lighting.

And that’s just a taster – there’s much more to this big top treat from Switzerland’s Rigolo Nouveau Cirque, even if it has been put together somewhat bizarrely. A sequence in which the performers circle the stage like mechanical toys feels very out of place, and the narrative which holds the show together (a letter from a parent to a child, written on either side of the stage with a quill pen) although touching, borders on cheesy.

But there is more than enough good stuff here to balance out the few incongruous moments, including the incredible “Sanndorn Balance Performance”, during which 13 palm frond ribs of differing lengths are balanced skilfully on top of each other. As you watch, almost through your fingers, it seems inconceivable that Marula Rigolo won’t drop one as they build. But, of course, she doesn’t, and brings down the house instead.

Big Sexy Circus City (Venue 347), run ended.

Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015

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