Give him a hand, Dot Dot Dot is hot hot hot

20:07, Feb 02 2014
Reuben Dot Dot Dot
COMICAL ROUTINE: Reuben Dot Dot Dot performs one of his acrobatic tricks at the Southland Buskers Festival.

The Southland Buskers Festival promises a weekend of the abstract and obtuse in Invercargill.

The festival is speckled with international circus performers - jugglers, acrobatics, contortionists - all who have returned to their love of street performing.

Performer Reuben Dot Dot Dot was an acrobat in the world's most infamous circus, Cirque du Soleil, before he returned to the less financially reliable, but more liberating world of street performing.

"Being a street performer is more improvised. I can bring something to people that they may never get to see otherwise."

He said when he worked in the circus he had to play their role, but on the street was free to adopt whatever the audience wanted.

The self identifying "part Australian, part Chinese, part Polish cross Jew" combines a comical routine with impressive acrobatics - his finale a one-handed handstand 5 metres above the ground.


Other performers transfixed audiences yesterday in Wachner Place and Queens Park.

Mr Spin kicked off the day at Wachner Place with a modernised clown routine, that included slapstick, juggling and a unicycle.

Mr Spin began dancing at the age of seven before bouncing around Australian and European circuses.

Several performers have travelled south from Christchurch's World Buskers Festival.

Mr Spin said despite Southland still being a relatively new festival, it had potential. "I did a show last night and it was great, this festival really has a lot and it will only grow as people support it."

The festival will continue over the weekend in five locations: Queens Park, South City, Wachner Place, the Scottish Hall and Southern Farmers Markets.

The Southland Times