The energy that flies out from Circus Abyssinia’s Ethiopian Dreams is delightfully electric and infectious. It may be their first time at the Fringe but don’t let the youthful ensemble lead you to believe that they are in any way inexperienced – these folk throw themselves around with the confidence that only come with years of practice.

The show is based around the story of two young boys who dream of becoming jugglers, before ultimately joining the circus.  What follows is a spirited performance from a talented troupe of around 20 individuals which includes death defying flying acrobatics, dance, clowning, snake-like elastic gymnastics and, of course, juggling. The music begins with uplifting traditional rhythmical Ethiopian sounds which get the crowd clapping, and ends with a modern dance beat more suited to the energy of the street dance style of acrobatics that the show evolves into.

What really makes the show worthwhile is the vitality and spirit of the troupe: the men are able to confidently fly 20 feet through the air, the women seem to comfortably fold themselves backwards and balance using only their teeth but they are also endearing. Their love of performance and joy to be on stage has the audience on their side from the get go.

A great way to spend an afternoon, Circus Abyssinia is an ideal family show that will entertain the adults as much as it will the children.

Words: Zoe Atherfold

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams, Underbelly Circus Hub, Aug 5-26 (not 14, 21), 3pm

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