Static trapeze performed with two aerialists. Of all the doubles aerial disciplines (and all the static equipment is capable of supporting doubles work, to greater and lesser extents) doubles trapeze is the most common and has the most advanced vocabulary. Duos who animate their acts with the narrative of their own relationship are rife, and the Trapeze Love Story has been played out a thousand thousand times the world over – not least in Cirque du Soleil shows past and present.
So then: the history of human evolution, Cirque-style. Men and women in Lycra frog suits bound through the space of a giant bone lattice as a spinning glitterball human is lowered from the roof.
Within the first ten minutes two audience members have been pulled up on stage—Tom, who’s busy peddling the bike that provides the theatre’s electricity, and Saga, nervous and clutching a handbag, who’s philosophically brutalised by the ringmasterish whiteface.