Hey guys! I’m back with another review and this time it’s for the acrobatic performance ‘DNA’ which was brought to us by Casus Circus. It came to Hull for the Back To Ours Festival which hosts different acts every half term holiday and if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I reviewed ‘Driftwood’ by Casus Circus a little over a year ago now. I could remember being really impressed by them last time and I have to say that they definitely didn’t disappoint this time. They did some incredible tricks and conveyed real emotion and an interesting concept in their performance. So in today’s post, I’m going to be reviewing ‘DNA’ for you all!
The performance used different songs which essentially split it off into different sections. Each one uncovered an aspect of something in DNA that makes us who we are. Through this, they were exploring how much our DNA, our genetic wiring defines who we are and how much other factors like race, our choices, class and culture can also affect us. Some people just don’t have talents in certain areas and I could see that reflected when one of the acrobats, whilst wearing high heels and a dress, was comically trying and failing to execute tricks on a circle of metal chain. Another part was when one of the girls was trying and failing to sit down with the others as they were doing everything in her power to stop. She stayed determined though and I think it was trying to portray that some people don’t like to be alone. Also, there was a duet between two of the guys and there was clearly some kind of romantic connection between them which I inferred to enforce the gender argument. There was also quite an emotional solo that one of the performers did on the trapeze which could be linked to mental health since the song, lighting and overall mood of it was quite dark. There were also sections where some of the performers had red masks over their faces which matched their red outfits and this could potentially be linked to blood or blood cells which are a vital part of human life.
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The tricks were at such an incredible standard. Sometimes, I sat there with my heart in my mouth as they performed such daring tricks that I thought they wouldn’t be able to make them work. The transitions between each move flowed really well and they used a wide range of props such as chairs and a trapeze. They literally created a tower from chairs and themselves and I honestly have no idea how they held themselves in that position for so long since the whole structure didn’t look too stable. They flipped, leapt and balanced their way through some amazing choreography overall. Some tricks that stood out for me were when they lifted someone to create a rippling effect like a wave and two people stood on two other people’s shoulders while one person did splits to form a bridge between them. As you can imagine, it was an amazing performance and I really enjoyed watching it! There are no personal photos in this post as photography wasn’t allowed.
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Thank you for reading this post! What’s your favourite performance that you’ve ever watched? Let me know in the comments! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull