Ockham’s Razor’s Tipping Point is one of those shows that too be quite honest, if I saw it in a flyer I wouldn’t be able to go. Circus style acts don’t do it for me as my anxiety shoots through the roof when anyone lifts their feet off the ground.
I was however lucky enough to be given tickets by Contact to attend so felt like I should give it a go, and I was so happy that I did.
The show starts by the dancers highlighting the circle in which they dance within. The very core of the show revolves around circles, the edge of things. The pole is at the centre of the dance. In their words… “poles are balanced on fingertips, hung from the roof, lashed, climbed, swung from and walked along, they become forests, cross roads and pendulum”. And that’s exactly what we can saw – such a simple set design comprised of hanging poles transformed the circular space into a playground for the dancers.
At times its a struggle to watch but that only gives the choreography more honesty, staying true to its title. The tipping point, just teetering on the edge, so close you have to tense all your muscles in your body just to not fall off. The audience felt every move and it was brilliant. At times the choreography feels heavy, supportive, a struggle, and at other time it feels so light, and full of fragility. Free. These two elements compliment each other so well – it becomes less a showcase of skill but a strong narrative of support and human tenderness.
Amazingly one of the dancers had to pull out due to an injury this week and was replaced with an understudy who had a mere three days to learn all the choreography. If I hadn’t been told previously, I wouldn’t have even guessed – the performers were equally skilled and worked flawlessly together. Playful relationships ere delight to watch; a great deal of trust is given to each dancer and it was a lovely thing to see.
If you’re expecting circus style tricks then this show isn’t for you. Although a few nods to traditional circus acrobatics were woven into the choreography, it was very minimal, soothing and all together a sophisticated piece of physical theatre to watch.
A great triumph and an electric show that oozed flair and a bit of magic – a must see for anyone who is looking for something a bit different.
See Tipping Point tour schedule here