Circus Now really lives in the present. It is a conceptually stunning departure from the traditional circus that one would imagine with clowns on tricycles passing out cotton candy and girls in pink frilly tutus with parasols, walking the tight rope. This modern retake is quite exciting and expressive in its own right.
At Thursday show, Acrobatic Conundrum: The Language of Chance and Company Oktobre were featured.
Acrobatic Conundrum, hails from Seattle. They are the city’s premier contemporary circus arts company and are ensemble-based. This group is awe inspiring as they masterfully maneuver advanced acrobatics and contact improv while never ceasing to mindfully work together in a stunning collaborative process.
What struck a chord, beyond their obvious physical talents and abilities, was their tenacious trust in one another. For instances, one female artist skillfully carried another female member on her shoulders. Both woman stood completed upright, never faltering or wavering. I very much enjoyed the humor in the piece. Their “clown” is a master hula hooper. His dance to “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap was mesmerizing. I would definitely like to see more from them.
Post intermission, the “Ring Master” did a fun little number, performing as a one-man band, with house lights up and curtain down. Then we were dazzled by the French circus group, Company Oktobre. Skillful acrobats thrilled with a provocative edge. I thoroughly enjoyed what I interpret as the murderous dinner party. Their movement and objective was so precise, I got chills.
It was very cool to see not only an avant-garde spin on the circus, but two groups working so well as a unit. The ensemble work here is not to be missed. Keep your eyes open for Circus Now.
Circus Now: NYU Skirball, 566 Laguardia place. Closed