Mortal Sins (2016)

After making a successful debut in the Adelaide Fringe 2015, Vertical Insanity Circus aims to explore beyond the Adelaide arts industry in their first inter-state performance as apart of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016. Two members of this young, enthusiastic and talented company are proud to present a new, innovative duo production in this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival called Mortal Sins.

Displaying an array of circus and movement skills, including duo acrobatics, trapeze and contemporary dance, Mortal Sins explores the moral afflictions related to the seven deadly sins: sloth, lust, greed, gluttony, envy, wrath and pride. Prepare to embark on a captivating emotional journey, as Adelaide talents Alex Charman and Persia Janzen explore how the sins influence and impact our actions, and what happens if they consume and control us. Will their relationship, which is built on trust, survive or wilt under the pressure of our mortal sins?

Running time: 30 minutes 

Trapped (2016)

Trapped is a contemporary circus piece performed by Vertical Insanity Circus that endeavours to explore the role of the individual in society paralleled to the role society plays in creating an individual. What makes you “you”? And what makes me “me”? Incorporating a variation of circus skills and apparatus, including poi, aerial silks, hula-hoop and acrobatics, Trapped takes us on an intriguing, vivid and energetic journey of the self and the individual. Having made a successful debut in the Adelaide Fringe for 2015, this team of enthusiastic, talented (and the right amount of crazy) performers are back with a refurbished and revitalised version of Trapped. Be sure to come along and support some local circus performers!

Running time: 40 minutes 

*Adaptable show for touring (without aerial equipment)

"Tight and Effective Group Work from SA’s Vertical Insanity Circus at Gluttony"

The Clothesline review 2016

(Clayton Werner)

http://theclothesline.com.au/trapped-vertical-insanity-fringe-review/

Try Again (2016)

Vertical Insanity Circus members Alex Charman and Sam Matthewman return to this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival to debut their new, two-person collaboration, Try Again. Displaying an array of circus skills and talents, including acrobatics, aerial silks, contemporary dance and poi, Try Again explores ideas about perseverance, human nature and trust. A sinister, enthralling and captivating performance, Try Again asks us the most difficult question: is it better to give up, or should we try again?

Running time: 50 minutes 

TRAPPED (2015)

Exploring the diversity of the mind, challenges of everyday life and our relationships with others, Trapped is filled with highflying acrobatics, twisted trapeze, spinning silks, live music and mind-boggling manipulation. Performed by local Adelaide circus artists, everything you see in Trapped will be something out of the ordinary, but don’t just take our word for it- come along to see it for yourself!

Running time: 45 minutes

PAST SHOWS

High Tea with Burl Esque 

Taking place in a secluded cafe, High Tea with Burl Esque encapsulates the fantasies and imaginations of several individuals who are enthralled by their charming and good-looking waiter, Burl Esque. An exciting contemporary circus performance involving lots of tea, acrobatics, cabaret and live music, this is a show you don't want to miss!

Running time: 45 minutes 

"A rock-solid and fun show from some truly talented locals"

The Advertiser review 2017

(Tom Bowden) 

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/adelaide-fringe/other-events/adelaide-fringe-2017-review-high-tea-with-burl-esque/news-story/6f55c48d42e7d62ced146963f6dcc736

Try Again (2017)

Vertical Insanity Circus members Alex Charman and Sam Matthewman return to the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017 for a revised version of their new, two-person collaboration, Try Again. Displaying an array of circus skills and talents, including acrobatics, aerial silks, contemporary dance and poi, Try Again explores ideas about perseverance, human nature and trust. A sinister, enthralling and captivating performance, Try Again asks us the most difficult question: is it better to give up, or should we try again?

Running time: 50 minutes 

"The emotion was raw, the dance creative and the acrobatic synchronicity stunning"

The Weekend Notes 2017

(Jenny Rossiter) 

http://www.weekendnotes.com/try-again-adelaide-fringe/

Credit to Chantelle Smeda from Pivotal Dance for production of video

Credit to Mitre Khammash for production of video

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand explores the profound relationships between humans by presenting the intricate connections between a diverse group of individuals. Incorporating a colourful combination of circus, physical theatre and paint, Hand in Hand playfully illustrates the complexities of human interactions and how relationships with others shape us as individuals.

Running time: 50 minutes 

Hand in Hand will be making it's debut performance in 2018:

- Fringe World Festival - 1st-4th Feb @8pm   Perth, WA

- Adelaide Fringe - 16th-25th Feb (excluding 19th) @6:50   Adelaide, SA

Trapped - trapeze