Bahrain: There’s something mesmerising about this performance, and for me, that comes from the mix of aerial circus, contemporary dance and gymnastics.
It’s beautifully presented, and the athletic skill needed to pull it off kept me as much in awe throughout the performance as the actual moves – it’s simply incredible.
With a live band on stage and the full company on stage at all times, it also gives off the feeling that you’re watching them rehearse in a studio space.
That is, it turns the area into an intimate setting rather than the huge outdoor theatre it actually is.
It begins with a dramatic crash and the gag of things falling apart continues throughout, which certainly kept the children in the audience entertained.
In fact, I could overhear young children sitting near me chattering throughout the show, excited about what they thought was about to come up.
The mix of circus acts, trapeze artists, musicians with electric guitars and cellos, singers and dancers meant there was always a twist on any skit performed.
There are also little touches, such as one of the cast ironing her skirt onstage while wearing it, that link back to kitchen-sink theatre and work well.
Several songs sung on stage were folk, and that, combined with other elements, gave the show its distinctly British flavour without feeling ostentatious.
The singing was magical, and complemented the contemporary dance and pole acrobatics perfectly.
In fact, the aesthetics of the stage are well thought-out, and there are times when two couples are on stage and the back and forth between them is a visual treat and added a peculiarly sweet touch.
A contemporary dance-off in the middle of the show that had more people added to it gradually was particularly notable, as were the pole acrobatics that had the audience gasping at points.
All in all, a wonderful performance that I have nothing but wonderful things to say about – and it is such a joy to be able to do that!
Flown will have its final performance tonight at Arad Fort.
The Spring of Culture is organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and the Economic Development Board.
For more information, visit www.springofculture.org.