A SIMPLE SPACE
WOODSIDE PLEASURE GARDEN
FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL 2020
Review By Caris Morcombe
Heading into Fringe Worlds last weekend in Perth, A Simple Space could not be missed. This is an acrobatic performance like no other. Forget the bedazzled leotards, forget the glitter and stilettos, A Simple Space is just as described. A stripped back performance that will leave any audience in absolute awe of what the human body is capable of doing. That’s what I really loved about this performance; it is so easy to get lost in the almost alien world of circus performance, but to see performers in casual T-shirts and shorts brought a more human element that drew a stronger connection with the crowd.
I’ve seen a few acrobatic performances from when I was a young kid to present day. Though my jaw never leaves the floor I have to be honest and say I’ve seen a few of the same stunts repeated across performances. This is not the case with A Simple Space. Hailing from Adelaide the team have fresh moves, new tricks and all to the tune of live music and sound effects. I’m truly curious about the choreography process, everything is timed to perfection though there are moments when you hold your breath wondering if there will be a safe landing.
Though there is no dialogue throughout the show, there is a great deal of humour. The interaction between the artists is expressive and there is still audience participation. I thoroughly enjoyed how each acrobatic feat is in competition with the other performer, the moment one skips a beat they’re out for the count until there’s one left standing. It was almost like a good drinking game but with backflips instead of shots.
There is a lot of joy in this performance, you can see it on the artists’ faces and it’s mirrored in the audience. There’s obviously a lot of built up trust to be able to carry of a show like this one and it’s refreshing to see such a well-rounded act not take themselves too seriously. As Perth Fringe wraps up I hope A Simple Space will grace our city again soon, ’til then Adelaidians can enjoy a string of shows for their Fringe season!