Last weekend, I was lucky enough to catch No Fit State Circus’ last night in their home Big Top before they set off on tour, and saw Bianco. I saw Bianco last summer but the show has been revamped and relaunched for 2015. The show is still directed by Firenza Guidi, but has some new performers, new acts and new design.
Last time I saw Bianco, I was utterly mesmerised. This time was no different.
The show, which No Fit State describe as ‘an immersive promenade experience’, has the performers above and all round a standing audience. Half the time, you don’t know where to look, as there’s so much spectacular action happening. All the performers are insanely talented, and I often found myself stunned by the incredible things they mix in as throwaway moments – flips and dance moves thrown in as they move the rigging, or travel to a different part of the tent. Small moments, that take immense skill. There are no words to do justice to how wonderful Bianco is – you just have to see it for yourself.
For me, the stand-out performances were some of the most physically impressive. The final act of the first half is a young guy performing on aerial silks. He was perfect. There is no other term for it. Every movement was precise and graceful, and clearly took some incredible strength and control to execute. Spectacular to watch.
In the second act, I was hypnotised by a couple performing a trapeze act. The trust involved as she was supported by his feet, or he held her up by the neck, and they moved around each other from stunt to stunt…it was quite something to watch. So often with No Fit State, the audience watch without applause, stunned into silence by the incredible feats they’re witnessing.
I think the thing I love best about Bianco, and No Fit State Circus in general, is the sense of fun. Bianco is filled with a sense of mischief, and the performers often seem to almost be playing, showing off for each other and generally having an incredibly good time. The grins plastered all over their faces are genuine, and more than once I spotted a performer waiting to go on having a little dance to the live band or hollering in approval at whoever was currently doing their act.
I’ve decided I’m going to run away and join the circus. I’d like to do aerial silks please. Or trapeze.
Bianco is currently touring, and will be stopping off next in Antwerp. You can read more about Bianco, and No Fit State, here. Keep your eyes peeled for their return to the UK, and GO AND SEE THEM.