Fruit Fly magically enthralls young, old
By Ana Paula Hofling
|||The Flying Fruit Fly Circus
7:30 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday
$30-$45 (some discounts available); call 528-0506
Like other contemporary circuses, Fruit Fly's "The Gift" uses a thin plot the new kid in school who is at first ostracized and later accepted as a pretext for stringing together the things we really want when we go to see the circus: the trapeze, the tumbling, the juggling, bodies balancing and diving through hoops.
What makes Fruit Fly different from other circuses is that these young performers are allowed to be kids on stage. Although the performance is well-rehearsed and polished, there is space for that missed juggling pin that falls on the floor it's immediately picked up and the performers start over without missing a beat.
The performers are disciplined, well-trained, gutsy, beautiful movers who show, above all, that they know the meaning of teamwork. Precisely choreographed group leaps and tumbles, balancing on multiple chairs and what they call the "group bike," demonstrate incredible coordination.
The dance element included in this show is minimal, yet interweaves well within and between the acts. The performers' strength is acrobatics, but they also share a lighter side, as when they feign losing their balance or missing their marks, drawing belly laughs from the young ones in the audience.
This circus doesn't have a traditional magician pulling rabbits from a hat, but certainly has enough magic to mesmerize and enchant keiki and adults alike. Not to be missed.
Ana Paula Hofling is a dancer and dance teacher pursuing a master's degree in choreography at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa.