Humans

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Escape to the dark and cool confines of the Spaghetti Circus Big Top for the visually spectacular Humans

Created by Yaron Lifschit from the award-winning contemporary circus ensemble Circa, the performance features ten highly skilled acrobats performing death-defying stunts and heart-stopping moments executed with expertise and precision. You’ll want to look away – but you won’t be able to.

There is a constant ebb and flow of energy and movement – all set to a soundtrack that takes you from frantic and fevered strings to a soft piano ballad in seconds. 

Set on a stage stripped bare, performers challenge their strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. They dangle by ropes strung up metres in the air, throw and catch each other, stand on shoulders, and create human pyramids. 

There are too many impressive stunts to name: one acrobat walks on the heads of others like stepping-stones, a man holds five people on his shoulders, a woman bends herself in half. It’s funny, terrifying and captivating. 

Humans explores the physical capabilities and limitations of the human body – how much weight can you carry? How far can you stretch? Can you lick your elbow? It ticks the box for children and adults alike by challenging one of the most universal questions: what it means to be human. 

By: Ellen Parsons

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