Maybe Traces should come with a warning: "Do Not Try This At Home."
This talented group of six men and one woman made it look so easy to execute breathtaking feats using everyday equipment.
What's more, they appeared so ordinary too - just like you or me. There wasn't a leotard in sight to mark them as athletic or acrobatic.
Instead, they appeared wearing heavy jackets and casual street clothes.
When they introduced themselves they used words such as naive, clumsy, insecure, impatient and inflexible.
Hardly descriptions that conjured up images of the stunning performers they actually revealed themselves to be.
They deceived the audience even more when they carried out tasks such as drawing, piano playing, singing, reading, dancing, playing basketball and skateboarding.
All everyday activities you and I might take part in.
But before long the packed theatre was gasping in admiration as they used their bodies to gyrate, swing, leap, lurch, cling, slide, twist, contort, bend, balance, dive and plummet around the stage. You soon realised they were extraordinary and were performing out of the ordinary acts.
It wasn't all plain sailing for this troupe on opening night. A few of their tricks with stacked rings weren't successful.
However, that's when their true colours shone and their dedication was evident. They repeated the act and to gasps of approval, delight and sheer satisfaction, second time round they succeeded.
It was a gentle reminder to us that they were human after all.
Traces is a real mix of theatre, dance, aerobatics, storytelling, photography, drama and much, much more.
My advice is to be prepared for the unexpected and enjoy.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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