During this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, circus photographer Mark Robson from Inept Gravity documented his days through pictures. Here are some selected images from the shows he saw:
Day 10: From my last Sunday in Edinburgh we have three final shows. Firstly, Assume People Like You by Melon the Human and producers Cluster Arts. A show that is about the uncomfortable feeling of being at a party and not knowing anyone. He managed to recreate that feeling really well. There was also an ice cream break mid show, actually during the show.
Animal by Cirque Alfonse at the Underbelly Circus Hub. A fun, slightly bonkers, more straight up circus show from some crazy Canadians with some great if unconventional skills.
Last show in Edinburgh was Humans 2.0, by Circa at the Underbelly Circus Hub, and it did not disappoint. Another amazing show from Circa which was right up my street. Incredible acro skills from performers who were always on the move. Lots of great group pieces plus a little bit of aerial which melded in really well and did not feel out of place in primarily an acro show in the style Circa are known for.
Day 9: Throwback to the Tuesday, and Dreams of the Small Gods by Zinnia Oberski presented by Scissor Kick at Summerhall. A solo trapeze show featuring Zinnia Oberski. I do not know what to say about this show. Definitely one you need to see as any words I wrote would not be quite right.
Play 3.0, by Sirqus Alfon, is not your normal circus show. I’m not sure I would call it circus but I don’t know what I would call it. Bonkers high energy band with gadgets galore. Great fun.
Briefs Sweatshop is another show from the Briefs Factory team, giving us more of what you would expect from Briefs but featuring a new compere and cast members since I saw them last. Casting Off and Briefs Sweatshop are both produced and supported at the fringe by Cluster Arts who bring a lot of Australian Circus to the fringe every year.
More day 6 and Day 7:
The Rest of Our Lives by Jo Fong and George Orange. This is not really a circus show although a clown / circus performer is in it, it is much more a contemporary dance show. It is however an absolutely wonderful show that everyone should go and see if they get the chance.
Kin by Barely Methodical Troupe. A great acrobatic circus show presented with skill, humor, and the idea of a story. Not really sure I got what was going on in the show. Not sure that you were meant to though either.
And, lastly, La Clique is back and on form with a great circus cabaret show.
Days 5 & 6:
Here are the shots from Wednesday and Thursday as I didn’t have a chance to send any yesterday.
Boom is a collaboration between Cirk La Putyka and Kyiv Municipal Academy of Variety and Circus Art. An explosion of circus skills all over the stage, almost all the time.
Rebel is a circus cabaret set to live David Bowie tracks, from the Aussie production company Highwire Entertainment, familiar to UK audiences from Rouge. It’s a David Bowie tribute band where the musicians are also the circus performers.
Blunderland, by Blunderland Variety, is a great late night cabaret born out of the New York underground queer nightlife scene
Tulu brings us more of what we expect from Circus Abyssinia.
Heroes, by Losers Cirque Company from the Czech Republic, has really strong imagery with an excellent mime and a company of acrobats.
Finally, Railed by Head First Acrobats is crazy Australian acrobats doing a cowboy themed show.
Here are 2 more shows from Tuesday. Collision is a high energy circus-come-street-dance show, by Casus (rebranded since we saw them last as Casus Creations) and fellow Brisbaners Mad Dance House. It’s on at Assembly George Square Gardens in the Piccolo tent.
Also with Assembly, but playing at their flagship Assembly Hall venue, are Flip Fabrique with Muse. The high quality circus we expect from Flip Fabrique, this time with a gender theme.
Sorry I don’t have more words in me today, bit frazzled after yesterday!
Yesterday I photographed Brave Space, by Aloft Circus Arts from the USA. You should just drop everything and come up here so you can see it. It is just a wonderful show.
I really can not say enough how much I loved this beautiful, lovely, wonderful show. It truly is a Brave Beautifully Brilliant show. If they don’t sell out everyday it will be a waste of someone who could have seen it. If it doesn’t win awards there is something wrong. I will be really surprised if they don’t get loads of bookings out of this. They are doing it in a Spiegeltent, it is going to fit virtually anywhere.
Only photographed 2 shows yesterday. First was a visit to the Assembly Gardens Piccolo venue for Brotipo by Les Foutoukours: Acrobatic clowns from Canada who are very good at what they do. This is a lovely kids show.
Then over to Zoo Southside for Runners, by Cirk La Putyka from the Czech Republic. I knew circus performers were fit but really this is ridiculous. Pretty sure that this is one of those cases where the performers make it look so easy you do not realise how hard it actually is. Really enjoyed this show.
4 shows today, not certain how coherent I will be tomorrow…
First show I photographed at the Fringe, taken yesterday at Assembly Roxy (Central). The show is Zoë by A Good Catch, produced in association with Cluster Arts at the Fringe. Loved the show, it was bonkers. Apparently a review called it surreal circus.