Gasworks Circus Showdown

Reviewer rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Gasworks Arts Park
May 5

NATIONAL Institute of Circus Arts graduates made up a large portion of the six grand finalists with the focus being on original circus acts.

Hannah Cryle and Caz Walsh's skilled double trapeze act is gorgeously cheerful, but slightly lacking in character development.

Hand balancing, acrobatics and break dancing feature in Thomas Gorham's zombie-themed skit, though further editing would improve the pace.

Jamie Bretman's mix of clowning, mime, juggling and danced interpretations is patchy, yet sweet.

Scenes from the Women's Circus Leggings are Not Pants lose their comic power when removed from the full production.

Ruby Rowat and Sharon Gruenert show their years of experience with their short trapeze act, which plays with androgyny. It won best female director and came second overall.

But the clear winners were Three High Acrobatics, whose high-octane, tongue-in-cheek ripoff of reality TV renovation shows combines great skills with clever comedy and a self-aware deconstruction of contemporary circus. The blokey energy and Aussie rock anthems screams potential Tap Dogs-style global success.