FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Element of Consequence (4 stars)

Review by Laura Money

Element of Consequence is a circus show like no other. Fun and whimsical, these acrobatic women will dazzle you with a minimalist aesthetic and distinct lack of props. It is here where the show’s charm lies. Each young woman wears a leotard and denim shorts, hair and make-up adorned with calisthenics-precision. The soundtrack is indie and calm, with a cute Scandi sound, however this adds to the entrancing vibe of the show and seemingly causes the audience to forget to applaud – they are witnessing amazing feats but are so mesmerised, they appear to forget.

The women contort and entangle themselves into complex configurations and then throw in a curve ball, so to speak: another element that will have consequences in the already death-defying circus. From a glass full of water, to ropes pushing and pulling them off balance, to playfully pushing one another, these women push all of their limits. There is classic circus at play here – skipping, balancing, hula hooping (although doing it whilst dressing yourself is highly talented), silks, and of course contortion.

This is a snappy and fun show, the women are at their clear best when they all help each other. The strength of the two forming the base of multiple human pyramids is nothing short of miraculous, and the acrobatic skill of the ones doing the balancing is unsurpassed. If you think you know circus, think again, as these ladies show you just how one Element of Consequence can change an entire show. Witness the butterfly effect for yourselves in this joyful performance.


When: 3rd – 13th February 2017 | 8:30pm

Where: Black Flamingo | The Pleasure Garden | PERTH

Tickets: $26 – $30

Info: Duration 55 minutes | Suitable all ages