Monday, February 9, 2015

Fringe World 2015 - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Last night we saw A Midsummer Night's Dream by the consistently awesome Kinetica.

There was silks, pole, trapeze, a rotating Lyra, tumbling, and some unique apparatus all used to tell the story of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Having not read the play I was thoroughly confused by what was actually going on. At the time I felt that the story part detracted from the circus part, but after reading up about it it made a lot more sense (especially the part with the ass). I think I would have enjoyed the story part of the performance a lot more if I had made the effort to read up about it before hand.

The circus side of the performance did not disappoint. My favourite part was the rotating Lyra, which was like a Lyra suspended from two ropes by joints so that it could spin to be horizontal as well vertical. It looked like so much fun, and the girls made it look really easy.

The trapeze part was in another league, that guy is amazing. Each fringe show we've been to he's been the star in my opinion. He always seems to do his routines to dubstep to which he choreographs really exciting routines. Love it!

When we walked in there were 3 stage poles set up and I got a bit excited, but to be honest I was a little bit disappointed by how short the pole part was. Maybe it's because I'm used to seeing elaborate pole shows, or maybe because I was hoping to see some of the guys get on them, but I thought the poles had more potential than what was used. This is only a small complaint though; in a show with so many routines no one apparatus can take the focus for too long.

At 10:45pm on a Sunday night it was quite a difficult show to get to, but the tent was still packed out. I love that people will not let a silly thing like work get in the way of seeing a late night circus show!


  1. Hi Jess!

    Originally stumbled across your blog because I was looking up Pole Fever and what was happening with it (which led to some further reading on management...), then noticed you mentioned Kinetica

    I did the adult circus with them last year and then did some private silks classes. They're an awesome bunch :D How are you finding your classes with Kinetica?

  2. Hi Nhi!

    Yep join the club, we're all still waiting and hoping there will be some sort of fair resolution.

    I've really been enjoying Kinetica! I initially took the adult circus class, and am currently up to week 7 of the adult aerials class this term. I prefer the aerials class more than the circus class since it's more focused; I'm not so interested in juggling for example. It's great to do something similar but different than pole, but I still miss pole and it will hold a special place as my first aerial love!

    I'm planning to continue classes with Kinetica (probably level 2 adult aerials if the timetable works for me next term), come say hello if you see me there! It's amazing how small the community is in Perth, I've seen a lot of pole girls there, and even the non-pole people have heard of the Pole Fever debacle.