Theatre review: Wunderkammer

Wunderkammer. Pic: Colin Hattersley

Wunderkammer. Pic: Colin Hattersley

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THE strength and skill of circus performers is captivating. Every move appears to be executed with such incredible ease.

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Underbelly, Bristo Square

But there is nothing easy about what this troupe of four men and three women achieve during this 60 minute performance at Underbelly, Bristo Square.

Described as ‘an exquisite cabaret of the senses’, we watch these seven twist and weave their bodies through hoops, around poles, over and under each other, and gyrate as they remove articles of clothing, punctuated by our oohs and ahs... after we have picked our jaws up off the floor.

They do things with balloons and bubble-wrap that leave us speechless, and will ensure we never look at these things in the same way again.

My reaction to the first 15 minutes of the performance, however, was not one of awe.

Whilse skillful and beautiful, the first act lacked something. Perhaps it was too long, or too gentle, I’m not sure. Then came something completely incongruous to the gentle start. Perhaps that was the intention, but again a little too long.

Finally it started to flow and I sat glued to my seat scared to look away for fear of missing something.

A unique performance that shocks, stuns, disturbs and amazes.

Until 26 August