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Fringe review: Cirque Africa 2.0

Adelaide Fringe

This year’s Cirque Africa show is all shiny and new but the acts are just as heart-stopping as last Fringe and MC Papa Africa is as funny as ever, writes reviewer Anna Solding. ★★★★½

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Many of the performers are new to the show but highly experienced in balancing on ladders or cylinders, contorting their bodies in ways you don’t even want to imagine and cycling on unicycles.

One of the best things about this show is that the audience is so into it. We are urged to continually encourage the performers by applauding and shouting as the tricks get more and more difficult.

Not only do they perform high-quality acts, they also continually extend their range with a smile to the beat of live drums. I have never before seen a body being juggled quite the way it was this night.

Photo: Arkadiusz Rejman Photography

The music is infectious and the audience participation is hilarious both for adults and children. Cirque Africa 2.0 has found the right balance between circus and comedy, dance and drama.

My one small criticism of the performance has to do with visibility. The acts that take place on the floor are difficult to see for people who aren’t in the front rows, especially if tall people have parked themselves in front of you. Perhaps there could be a removable raised stage for a couple of floor acts to make sure the kids and shorties like me can see it all.

Cirque Africa 2.0 is that good, you don’t want to miss any of it!

Cirque Africa 2.0 is showing at Big Top in Hindmarsh Square until April 2. Read more InDaily Fringe reviews and stories here.

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