Review of Bianco – NoFit State
Bianco by NoFit State is a health and safety-defying display of human acrobatics set in the Big Top on Hove Lawns. The award-winning show demonstrates an abundance of elegant yet athletic gymnastics, with an often awe-inspiring affect. Set to the tunes of a impressively versatile four-piece live band, the performance combines dignified displays of endurance with energetic and humorous pieces set in swim suits.
But in seeing Bianco, don’t expect a relaxing night out. As scaffolding trundles towards the crowd you’ll be impelled by the exuberant stewards to move out of the way. Between fearing for your own life, and the fear for the lives of those performing inexplicable rope-top exploits, there isn’t a second to clown around. The 360° promenade experience will see you shepherded from the outskirts onto the centre stage as the gymnasts build and maneuver set pieces around you, all the while continuing the show. The ebb and flow of showgoer movement creates a sense of community as the audience are brought together into the performance area, and left stunned and wanting more at the end of the two hours.
As part of its British tour Bianco has come to Hove for Brighton Fringe Festival, and should not be missed. The coupling of major stunts involving the bulk of the ensemble to singular acts, results in an impressive example of contemporary circus. Subtle skills of the traditional circus including tightrope walking and juggling are highlighted by the accompanying music. Juxtaposing with the large-scale leaps and soaring swings, the show is nothing short of exhilarating. Between the rope-top stunts of today’s Tarzan, and the chilling finale, the performance can do nothing but impress. This is a must-see: a jaw-dropping journey that won’t be soon forgotten.
Evening performances of Bianco are at 7.30pm on May 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 27th, 29th, 30th & 31st , and June 1st. Matinees are at 2.30pm May 18th, 19th(3pm), 25th, 26th(3pm), 27th, & 30th, and June 1st and 2nd (3pm). Tickets range from £12 to £18, with family and student discounts available.
WORDS by Rosie Murphy