It’s Not Yet Midnight
Reality Rating: 3/5
Fidget Factor: 0.5
Alone We Go Faster, Together We Go Further
Stripped from jazzy costumes and glittering make up, Compagnie XY bring a sophisticated circus performance to the Roundhouse. Dressed in muted colours, this diverse team of acrobats fly through the air, tip toe on the top of human structures and dance the Lindy-Hop together.
Elegantly pushing and shoving one another, a fight between two men turns into a brawl between the entire cast; a large team of 21 performance artists. Childlike, playful movements are constructed to appear boisterous and almost violent. Themes of time and being together are the base for It’s Not Midnight Yet. Interacting as cogs, together they build one another up and hold each other in support before crumbling back down, collapsing in to heaps of silence. This collaboration is beautifully defined by Compagnie XY as, ‘Alone we go faster, together we go further’.
Gasps and several seconds of held breath become a pattern in the audience as tension builds between acrobatic flips, walking towers and human trampolines. The acrobatics performed during this piece are on an epic scale, towering up towards the lighting bars of the theatre and volting across the entire stage.
The acrobats move continuously, flowing through gateways of other bodies into new pathways before reaching intense sections of pause. Chapters of the performance are marked by the company forming a Pack before splitting out into the action again. Each of the apparatus used to perform circus tricks doubles up as a platform to dance on, slide down and clown with. Quietly comical, subtle arrangements of clowning are slotted into the production, releasing tension and establishing laughter.
It’s Not Midnight Yet is an experimental performance, pushing against our expectations around the circus. Most of the devices used to separate this company from others work well, however the section with forced laughter becomes irritating and unnerving. A circus usually comes with a collection of stunts from flame throwers to contortionists; with sixty minutes of a continuous acrobatic performance, the audience’s enthusiasm towards the end of the hour waned a little.
Suit up for a sophisticated evening at the Roundhouse with Compagnie XY’s latest piece, It’s Not Yet Midnight.
Click for Tix:@Roundhouse
▦ Photos – Courtesy of David Levene
Time: 1 Hour No Interval
Running: 10 APR 17 ► 23 APR 17
♥ Thank you to Katy Eynon @ChloeNelkin for the invite