Using giant bamboo poles aerialists perform amazing acrobatic feats while other cast members transform them into amazing pieces of art, that seem to glide across the stage with effortless magic. The poles create giant structures that are joined together with little more than a piece of cloth on which the cast propel themselves.
At one point an acrobatic artist had the audience gasping and groaning as she maneuvered her body into unbelievable poses and dislocated various body parts! Even the acts performed with a safety harness did not diminish the danger or appreciation of the skill needed to perform such feats.
The production also included a smorgasbord of circus delights including juggling, singing, percussion, clowning and traditional Vietnamese music. The juggling sequence with percussion was impressive and the clowning elements left the audience with a smile on their face.
The final scene before the encores was an astonishing giant piece of singing, moving art. The performers ooze an infectious joy and energy that was continued in the foyer after the show. Lang Toi is an original and delightfully entertaining and joyful evening at the theatre/ circus that should not be missed.
Lang Toi (My Village)
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay Street, Subiaco
Performance: Friday 8 February 2019 – 7.00pm
Season continues to 17 February 2019
Information and Bookings: www.perthfestival.com.au
Image: Lang Toi (My Village) – photo by Nguyen Duc Minh
Review: Craig Dalglish