The-Bird-Makers-Project_Seesaw_Banner.png
Reviews/Circus/Fringe World Festival

Bemusing but beguiling

9 February 2018

Fringe World review: Fisticuffs by Sven Hopla ·
Cirquest, 8 February ·
Review by Suzanne Ingelbrecht ·

A rope hanging from the rafters, a punch bag marked Cassius and a military helmet named Born to Klown and we’re in the set-up for Sven Hopla’s Fisticuffs and some classic bait-the-audience clowning.

Red crabs, the kind that make their annual pilgrimage across deadly Christmas Island roads to mate and spawn on the beach, are thrown into the audience as proof of the tragedy of being a lowly crab. But this isn’t really tragedy, is it? I mean it’s absurd to feel sorry for a crab and its potential demise at the pincers of the crazy yellow ants… isn’t it?

You get the picture. The antics of Hopla to “explain” tragedy (or is it drama?) to his bemused spectators certainly make for “a strange time”. But Fisticuffs has its beguiling moments, particularly when the performer demonstrates his consummate skill as a circus aerial acrobat and performs tricks with the rope that command all his strength and courage.

The audience enjoyed it and so did I, although Hopla might have benefited from a more energised and gung-ho participatory audience on this, his opening night at the Cirquest main space.

Our fault. Not his.

‘Fisticuffs’ plays Cirquest  until 11 February.

Loading spinner

Author —
seesawmag

Past Articles

  • A human experience

    Daring and playful, Teac Damsa’s MÁM provides more than enjoyment, discovers young writer Alice Fittock.

    Loading spinner
  • Theatre: Possession: Fear Never Sleeps

    6 – 13 December @ Roxy Lane Theatre, Maylands · Presented by Halcyon Playhouse · Have you ever tried to communicate with the dead? Did you…

    Loading spinner

Read Next

  • Brent Rollins and Nathan Turtur in Natassija Morrow's 'Ramalen'. Photo: Minni Karamfiles @minnikaramfiles Pictured are Brent Rollins and Nathan Turtur in Natassija Morrow's 'Ramalen'. Nathan is counter-balancing Brent who is mid-flight. Choreographic seedlings
    Reviews

    Choreographic seedlings

    7 August 2020

    LINK Dance Company returns to the stage with a program of works-in-progress that reveals both the dancers’ creativity and resilience, writes Nina Levy.

    Loading spinner
    Reading time • 5 minutesDance
  • Two singers stand on stage with musicians playing harpsichord, cello and violin Pure Handel
    Reviews

    Pure Handel

    5 August 2020

    Perth’s baroque royalty come together for this Freeze Frame Opera performance. But can you have too much Handel? Bourby Webster finds out.

    Loading spinner
    Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
  • Dancers light up the stage
    Reviews

    Dancers light up the stage

    31 July 2020

    The dancers’ joy at returning to live performance was palpable on opening night of West Australian Ballet’s “Genesis”, writes Nina Levy.

    Loading spinner
    Reading time • 6 minutesDance

Leave a comment

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio