AERIAL acrobatics and chance encounters on trains will explore the meaning of human connections in a show at this year’s Fringe World Festival.
Malaga circus school and performing arts company Kinetica will premiere ‘Interplay’ at The Lunar Big Top.
The show features 10 artists performing intricate duo and group aerial and acrobatic pieces.
Show director Rebecca McMahon said last year’s Fringe show Dark Matter was very abstract, so this year they decided to “take it back to a more human idea”.
Working collaboratively, the troupe settled on a train theme, where characters would meet by chance.
“The idea behind Interplay is about human connection and looking at modern society and how sometimes there’s a bit of a disconnect … looking at ways people can be brought together,” McMahon said.
She said the show was unusual as it featured a scene where the whole cast used aerial apparatuses at the same time.
“There’s a scene at the end… everybody in the cast has a group memory of one of the cast members, it’s a group aerial act and I think that’s one of my favourite scenes,” she said.
Nathan Jamieson did sound design for the show and created a unique sound track that features sound recordings collected from real trains.
McMahon said there was a “huge” amount of preparation that went into the show, with performers training year-round to maintain strength and improve skills.
“Because our show is circus, there are a lot of venue-specific things we need to know – we have to make sure the rigging is going to suit the venue, make sure the show fits on the stage,” she said.
What: Interplay, Fringe World Festival
Where: The Lunar Big Top, The Pleasure Gardens
When: February 3 to 8 at 9.30pm