Review: Heroes at Udderbelly

Aerial work and dance moves come together in a family show that takes a playful-but-wannabe-serious look at heroic fantasies – and the realities of being brave, and overcoming your fears.

Beverley Grant (All Or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre) and Tony Mills (of dance group Room 2 Manoeuvre) seem determined to get each other off the ground and on to the vast rig with various sizes of suspended hoops. Super-hero puppets, masks of well-known celebrities, bits of caped-crusader costuming are accessories to larky clowning around that younger audiences enjoy, but it takes a while for the pair’s respective strengths to make an appearance.

Grant’s eventual aerial work has real grace and panache, Mills boldly relinquishes his comfort-zone dance moves and gets briefly airborne as well, but despite the twosome’s breezy energies, Heroes feels solidly worthy rather than high-flying thrilling.

Heroes, Udderbelly, 31 Jul – 26 Aug, 3pm

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