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360 ALLSTARS – FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL 2020

360 Allstars
360 Allstars

360 ALLSTARS
THE ICE CREAM FACTORY
FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL 2020
29 January – 9 February

Fringe World’s 360 Allstars ticked all of mine and my son’s entertainment boxes.

Ticked all of mine and my son’s entertainment boxes.

It had immensely talented performers, amazing music, thrills and a bit of comedy thrown in too, showing that while they are all masters of their craft, they enjoy a bit of fun as well — a lot of fun! This show is a mix of street free-styling craft exploring all things 360 degrees that creates an urban circus like no other. The performers pushing their physical boundaries in strength and endurance to bring something new, fresh and thrilling to circus performing.

Multi-instrumentalist Gene Peterson and NZ’s X-Factor winner, Beau Monga, opened up the show with an impressive hip hop, beat boxing, vocal looping track whilst introducing performers to the stage. First up was two-times world champion BMX Flatlander, Peter Sore, showing us what not to do on a BMX unless you have some serious talent. His amazing tricks left us wanting to see more and, luckily for us, it wouldn’t be the only time we’d see him perform.

Next up were two champion breakdancers, Bboy Leerok and Bboy Kareem. One word, WOW! While I’m fairly impressed by dancers who are masters of their craft, these guys were the real deal; an ultimate breakdancing duo as they faced off against each other in a breakdancing battle. Incredible one-handed tricks by Leerok left me watching with one eye closed at times with thoughts of elbow dislocation. Thankfully no injuries were witnessed, just pure talent!

Following up the BBoys was Roue Cyr Wheel champ, Rhys Miller, who smoothly graced the stage with his incredible moves inside the ring, moving effortlessly and fluidly like it was a part of him in every way.  I only took my eyes off him momentarily as I glanced at my son to see a look of awe on his face. Some of the tricks performed were incredibly complex, but Rhys made them all look too easy.

A finale with a little comedy as the guys were not taking themselves too seriously this time. Bboy Leerok joining in on the Cyr Wheel in a hoola-hoop hooped size ring which drew quite a few laughs from the audience. Everyone joined in on the stage with a dance off inside the Cyr Wheel with Peter Sore joining in on BMX too. You can tell these guys are great mates as it shines through in their performances together as the impressive finale came to an end.

The beatboxing was incredible, the drumming by Peterson was on point and the production of the overall show was really well put together. To see the awesome talent of all the performers showcasing some urban street culture was pretty cool. Definitely recommend this show!

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