FRINGEWORLD 2018 | My Sight – Their Sight | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Do you remember playing Blind Man’s Bluff? The sensation of placing a blindfold over your eyes and listening out for any little sound in the darkness? Your senses are heightened but you’re completely disoriented – you may think you’ve walked towards the door but you’re actually near a wardrobe. Our senses are so intrinsically bound, that when we take one away, we struggle to perform everyday tasks.

Romain, Ryan Darwin and Abbie Madden are highly trained acrobats who work together with such ease, it provides the audience with plenty of comfort. They wanted to explore whether

someone who is fully sighted, can move and dance as if they have never had their sight and, can someone who has had their sight removed, have the freedom and confidence as if they still do?

Romain, Darwin and Madden enter the circus tent – Darwin blindfolded while Romain and Madden playfully tap the wooden stage in various locations, while performing some basic tumbles. Darwin uses these cues to locate himself within the tent. He manages to join in on the acrobatics in an impressive display of handstands and the like. After this playful start, the trio move through different combinations of who is blindfolded and who remains sighted.

They take standard acrobatics and ramp them up – not just because of the blindfolds – there is an energy and heart-in-mouth dynamic that exists as they push each other to new heights. Madden’s playful smile is infectious and her little tapping movements induce a sense of play within the show. It’s a truly charming work, with elements of parkour, circus, aerials, and acrobatics that are made all the more remarkable by the self-imposed restrictions.

Then the trio pull the rug out from under you with a heart-racing aerial sequence! Darwin climbs to the top of the rope fully blindfolded and performs tricks that are dazzling enough without a blindfold. Suffice it to say, you won’t breathe for about 10 minutes! And if your heart wasn’t beating fast enough, the trio turn up the heat once more as all three of them don their blindfolds and leave every jaw firmly on the floor!

My Sight – Their Sight highlights the difficulty of simple tasks, like moving and walking, when a sense has been removed. It serves as a reminder that people with disabilities have it tough because of what we take for granted, however, this show is largely positive. It shows the ability and just how remarkable the human body really is. Go and see it – the good thing is, they won’t be able to see the look of tension on your face!

WHEN: 8 – 25 February 2018 | 6:30pm

WHERE: Black Flamingo | The Pleasure Garden | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $10 – $30 | Duration 45 mins | Suitable all ages | CIRCUS


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