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Melb Fringe Review: ‘Hold Close’ by Kinetica

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Perth based contemporary circus company Kinetica bring their reading of Ingrid Tan’s graphic novel “Hold Close” energetically to life. The stage opens to the cool of the forest, as performers take their aerial act positions. Their malleable form convinces you that they indeed are forest dwellers exploring the space. We watch on, as two performers personify fire and water, as their curious unfortunate unfolding love story captivates us.

Hold Close is definitely a delivery of depth, character and stunning feats. The limits of the human body are explored with such grace; you cannot help but be drawn to its beauty. Hold Close excels in its ability to story tell which in turn takes the flawless dance, twist, lifts and acrobatics to a whole new level. Much effort can be seen in the lighting, sound effects, costume and make up as they work precisely to contrast the harsh dangerous edge of fire to the tranquil fluidity of water.  The contact between the performers and transition between the scenes are so strikingly simple yet powerful, leaving audience members breathless. It wasn’t surprising to hear the occasional audience murmur of “stunning….incredible….” as I witnessed the visual spectacle all from the front row.  There is never a still moment.

The bottom line is – a performance that strikes your heart and yields your engagement arguably more so than Circus De Soleil. Intimate visual story telling at its best! 

Written By: Sandra Lee, September 2014 

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