No soft landings for cutting-edge crew
''I WAS a bit nervous on the first show, but once we got a bit of crowd response I was relieved,'' said BMX rider Danny Campbell, one of the performers in the Sydney Festival's site-specific performance piece Concrete and Bone Sessions.
The show, which is performed in a Dulwich Hill skate park, features three contemporary dancers, two BMX riders, two skaters, a B-boy and a free-runner or parkourist.
Contemporary dancer Marnie Palomares said the show was unlike anything she had ever done before.
''As a dancer I'm used to being in a theatre rather than outdoors on concrete,'' she said. ''It's been extremely challenging but really exciting and raw.''
The show's co-creator, Lee Wilson, has been enjoying the audience response.
''It has been phenomenal. They gasp, disbelieving these things can actually happen,'' he said.
Between them, the performers have had concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments and countless bruises, some during the Festival run.
B-boy Leerok said the risk factor only added to the appeal of performing: ''I'm loving it. It's been a pretty crazy experience, I have to hop out of my comfort zone sometimes … I have to wear high heels.''
Even without injuries, other things can wrong - especially for BMX rider Campbell: ''I got a flat tyre on the first show. I had to borrow the back wheel of a kid's bike. He offered to give it and then I finished the show.''
''We're just using all our bodies, using our whole senses, feeling the concrete, smelling it, whatever,'' fellow BMX rider Michael Steingraeber said. ''Which is a bit funny when you have a crowd watching you.''
The show runs to January 19.