ArtSmittenLogo1_9.jpg

SYN Nation

Melb Fringe Review: ‘Hold Close’ by Kinetica

hold-close-web-correct-400x266.jpg

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 

More by Art Smitten

Bistro Vue - Tim Grey

Review: Little Emperors

Theatre review, An intimate look into the human cost of China’s decades long one child policy. Playing at the Malthouse A’beckett Theatre, […]

14847726042familythstill

Review: The Family

The Family is Rosie Jones and Anna Grieve’s ominously titled documentary about a bizarre Australian cult that was finally discovered by police […]

https-%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F26833391%2F172595958295%2F1%2Foriginal

Interview: Gary Hillberg

Andrew, Gill and Hamish chat to Gary Hillberg, one of the two artists behind the video art exhibition, Montages: The Full Cut, […]