Three Arts Projects. "3 Dark Tales". Theatre O, "Kayassine". Les Arts Sauts and "Hopeless Games". fabrik Potsdam & DO Theatre [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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Theatre O from the UK is a hypermobile company which uses the signature performance techniques of Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Their Edinburgh Festival hit, "3 Dark Tales" is one of three international productions being offered in the Adelaide Fringe program by Arts Projects Australia. The show called "Kayassine", Laotian for circus, has moved a long way from traditional circus conventions. Their trapeze work is not performed to rolling drums and the antics of red-nosed clowns, nor to the elaborately meaningless solemnities that are now the hallmark of Cirque du Soleil. Les Arts Sauts, you could say have risen well above the competition. DO-Theatre from St Petersburg and fabrik from Potsdam, companies formed in the wake of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, have recently joined forces to create dance theatre such as their current touring work, "Hopeless Games". Drawing from Russian clowning styles, acrobatics, dance and mime, fabrik dancers Sven Till and Wolfgang Hoffman , DO director Evgeny Kozlov, his wife Irina Kozlova and dancer Alexander Bondarev have created a blackly comic glimpse of the ghosts of European history.