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BrumHour saw TILTED Circus night at the invite of TILT Festival.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: TILTED Circus Night at West Midlands Circus and Creation Centre
A great demonstration of skill, strength and power.
TILTED Circus Night was presented as part of TILT Festival by RoguePlay Theatre
A Friday night in Digbeth means many things to many people and last night was no exception. From the BBC announcement this week that Digbeth would be the new home of BBC Midlands/BBC Birmingham to the groups of lads walking down the street to St Andrews with their jackets zipped up having to disguise what team they support or even that they are football fans! Around the corner is Smithfield hosting both Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games sporting events and a huge festival of festivals.
It’s 7.40pm on Friday and Sam (my plus one) and I arrive at West Midlands Circus and Creation Centre which is at Minerva Works. It has its own unique festival atmosphere and a chilled, welcoming vibe. The performance space is pretty much in the dark with sparse lighting. There are two sets of aerial silks hanging from the rafters plus two ropes with hand straps.
We get settled into the space and RoguePlay Theatre’s Kim Wildbourne welcomes us to the first half, encouraging us to cheer, applaud and show support during the performances. We see performances from Jordi Campbell an aerial performer on silks, Anna Simpson an aerial performer on the ropes with handstraps, Elizabeth Wickham demonstrating on aerial silk, Rebecca Hannah a contortion and flexibility performer plus a performance from Kim Wildbourne on aerial silk. The sheer amount of hard work that these performers must put in is breath-taking. Seeing them demonstrate strength, particularly core body strength is so impressive.
After a break, we see two more, slightly longer performances. The first is from Company Apidae, dressed in long sleeve tshirts under short sleeves with almost uniformed trousers they present their crablike movements which are punctuated by them eyeballing the audience, their menacing smiles communicate an unhinged level of power as they perform synchronised movement, the characters unravel to the point one is injured and the others need to reclaim them back into to the pack. Stunningly powerful, I couldn’t take my eyes off their movements.
The final performance was from Angeliki, a bag of sand trickles across the stage hanging from a rope creating patterns on the ground, then Angeliki climbs the rope to give us the main part of her performance. This was the most “installation” of the pieces we saw tonight as it was very conceptual with spoken word allowing the audience a time to reflect on the past few years before Angeliki reminds us how much strength and talent she has.
I really enjoyed each of these performances and they both complimented each other and demonstrated how unique each performance is. I can’t wait to see even more from TILT Festival in the future. TILT Festival by RoguePlay Theatre is in Birmingham until 12th August 2022. See the website here: tiltfestival.com/festival.