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A Midsummernights Tree review at Belgrave Crescent Garden

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La Clique go all arboreal in this alfresco cabaret of grounded acrobatics and aerial work on equipment hung from a spreading tree. This is magical stuff. Although the promised allusions to Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream do not materialise, passing the gloaming in a venue redolent with the perfume of lime trees does create a dreamlike atmosphere.

The key acts of the evening are Andrea and Lena with their aerial work. Lena’s contortions on the hoop, clothed all in white, set the evening off with a clear simplicity and efficiency of movement. Andrea’s later use of ropes, clothed in tight white catsuit tinged with scarlet against the by-now floodlit green of the tree, add a touch of fire to the production. Beneath them, Andre, Rudi and Ben provide good, if not earth-shattering strong-man acrobatics and hip-hop dance routines

It is Tomasz who steals the evening, however. He intrigues first as a crooning chanteuse then a bald oriental swirling scarlet flags. But it is his belly dance, an improbable routine of muscular control and erotic fleshly movement, which stands out.

Only Girma’s flawed juggling routine mars an otherwise excellent evening which plays to the strength of its unique venue.

Production Information

Belgrave Crescent Garden, August 10-13, 24-27

Authors
Daniel Reinsberg, Markus Pabst
Directors
Max Rambaek, Markus Pabst
Producers
More Productions, MZA
Cast
Andrea, Lena, Andre, Rudi, Ben, Girma, Ming, Tomasz
Running time
1hr

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