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LATITUDE 2016: Circa – Landscape With Monsters

Creator: Yaron Lifschitz with the Circa Ensemble
Director Yaron Lifschitz
Venue: Theatre Tent
Reviewer: Kris Hallett


The relationship between man, nature and industry and is at the heart of Circa ‘s Landscape With Monsters, making its UK debut at this year’s Latitude. Taking inspiration from an industrial town called

Taking inspiration from an industrial town called Wollongon, a place where the company have toured previously, an area where the toughness of industry and man-made architecture co-exists with the natural beauty of the landscape. It is a place where bodies are shaped by hard work and which can only work with a perfect balancing of both competing interests. Visually this six strong company show this in their physically daring and often breathtaking work; bodies, ladders, boxes and planks are used to balance precariously off. At one moment a human bridge is created, the end achievement of mans work.

It takes a while to warm up, the early moments as they cram themselves into boxes too small for them and achieve perfect balance is interesting rather than pulse raising, but as someone who suffers from acrophobia, the moment when a sky high ladder is produced and a man climbs it without use of his hands had this reviewer mesmerised and holding his breath. There is a real sense of genuine danger, the self-same ladder is dangled precariously inches from a performers face at one point, a sign that tough industrial jobs still have a risk attached to them that those of us who work behind a keyboard couldn’t even begin to imagine.

A circus show that combines spectacle, danger and brains, LandscapeWith Monsters receives the first standing ovation of this festival. A jolt of adrenaline on the first official morning.

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