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Photo by Zsofia Palyi for CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival
Photo by Zsofia Palyi for CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

My Land, Assembly Roxy – Ed Fringe review

Pros: Jaw-dropping acrobatics

Cons: Turgid music and relentless po-faces sapped the energy

Pros: Jaw-dropping acrobatics Cons: Turgid music and relentless po-faces sapped the energy I went to see My Land on a word-of-mouth recommendation, and I’m really glad I did. The seven performers of Hungarian company Recirquel were awe inspiring. In the opening solo a figure clad in rags floated languidly into a one-armed handstand, then tilted over to one side, his sacrum swinging like a slow-motion pendulum. The skills were consistently breath-taking: an audacious duet by acrobat twins created a beautiful and barely believable image of reflection, as one balanced in a headstand on his brother’s head; there was a…

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Rating

Good

Barely believable acrobatic prowess makes this a must see, if you can ignore the pomposity and the old-fashioned gender roles.

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I went to see My Land on a word-of-mouth recommendation, and I’m really glad I did. The seven performers of Hungarian company Recirquel were awe inspiring. In the opening solo a figure clad in rags floated languidly into a one-armed handstand, then tilted over to one side, his sacrum swinging like a slow-motion pendulum. The skills were consistently breath-taking: an audacious duet by acrobat twins created a beautiful and barely believable image of reflection, as one balanced in a headstand on his brother’s head; there was a rapid juggling face-off, and a dramatically daring solo with a ladder.

The setting was a bleak, sandy desert, beautifully lit, with pounding drums and haunting flute music to evoke a sense of longing for a home far away. But while Recirquel displayed great physical prowess, this show fell into the disappointingly predictable gender trap of featuring a lone woman, whose sole function was to be carried around, looking either sultry or forlorn, occasionally unfolding a leg beside her ear, or inexplicably stroking or kissing male performers. The men, by contrast were in constant aggressive competition with each other. Added to that, the sustained seriousness of the tone, combined with unremittingly solemn music, had the unfortunate effect of flattening the energy, and making the vivacious artists appear portentous. All told, it was a piece in which the performers shone, but the concept let them down.

Created by: Recirquel Company Budapest
Booking link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/my-land
Box office number: 0131 226 0000
Booking until: 26 August 2018

About Alexandra Gray

Alexandra Gray
Alexandra’s love of physical theatre first became clear at five years old when she veered off script in the school nativity play. At the entrance of the Angel Gabriel, she cartwheeled across the stage crying ‘Yippee, an angel of the lord!’ and the Virgin Mary burst into tears. Following this auspicious start, she went on to study dance and theatre and is currently doing her Masters in English Literature. When not in the library or at the theatre, she can be found singing jazz professionally, teaching yoga, and growing broad beans.