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Review: Shift at the Adnams Spiegeltent

PUBLISHED: 09:16 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 20 May 2018

Shift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Shift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

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What the Barely Methodical Troupe can do with their respective bodies is truly mesmerising: this showcase of highly-choreographed dance and acrobatics is mind-blowing.

Shift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Picture: Nick ButcherShift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

Like a particularly surreal New Order video set in the rubber band section of a giant stationery shop, the troupe use resistance bands in a vast number of ways and to incredible effect.

The three men (Louis Gift, Elihu Vazquez, Charlie Wheeller) and one woman (Esmeralda Nikolajeff) define the word ‘agility’ and there’s real beauty in their performance.

For me, the narrative sometimes lost out to the action on the small stage: Nikolajeff’s astonishing strength and balance, the liquidity of Vasquez’s breakdancing, the aptly-named Wheeller in the cyr wheel and Gift’s delicacy of movement were hard to tear your eyes from. Beautiful, terrifying, funny, poignant and awe-inspiring all at the same time. Wow.

• Shift is part of this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Shift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Picture: Nick ButcherShift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

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