FRINGE World Festival organisers wanted a killer show as the centrepiece of the new Fairground precinct at Elizabeth Quay and found it in Limbo.
Brisbane-born and Melbourne-based Limbo director Scott Maidment created the show three years ago after a request from London’s Southbank Centre following the success of previous production, Cantina.
It premiered at Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2013 before heading to London for multiple sold out seasons.
“It’s been touring all over the world and every other state in Australia, so now we’re really excited to bring it to Perth,” Maidment said.
“The show is created for the space that it’s in; the environment in the Spiegeltent is so exciting without even having a show, but then when the show happens in, above and around the audience, it goes to the next level.”
The mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics is elevated by the inclusion of live music, where the nine performers from around the world are “not just doing amazing circus stunts but singing, dancing and performing aerial acrobatics as well as creating the music live”.
“It’s one step beyond a normal circus cabaret,” Maidment said.
“Originally I wanted to create something that had a New Orleans kind of vibe.
“The music sort of feels a bit New Orleans in style, crossed with a New York jazz band and Beastie Boys.
“Limbo came to us because I was thinking about the place that was sort of between heaven and hell.
“Some people read that into the show, but not everybody does, and you don’t have to take it that literally to enjoy it.”
Where: Palais Des Glaces Spiegeltent, Fairground, Elizabeth Quay
When: January 30 to March 6