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Two members of Femmes du Feu, a circus-style aerial troupe from Toronto, were here in 2010 with The Plank, a beautiful show on a pirate theme.

Sadly, nearly everything that was right with The Plank goes wrong in the theatrically weak, 55-minute Airship, in which five performers depict the crew of a human-powered flying machine.

While the pirate show had a gorgeous soundtrack, this one has original music that is far too dark, grandiose and monotonous with its heavy, club-style beat. It’s a soundtrack for the Hindenburg. The composer-keyboard player attempts laboured clowning and dancing. The four female aeronauts also dance, but they’re not well matched and the choreography is rudimentary.

The voice-acting of a recorded authority figure is amateur at best. The women execute some impressive feats — particularly at the end when all four become a human machine on a hoop that flips — but by then you feel you’ve been stuck in a steampunk boiler room for much too long.

— Alison Mayes

 

From the Fringe program:

Femmes du Feu presents their latest aerial dance show, Airship. Steampunk-inspired, Airship imagines an alternative technology in the early explorations of flight, revealing the inner workings of a ship powered by human movement.

Performed by Sabrina Pringle, Holly Treddenick, Lara Ebata, Natalie Fullerton, with original music by James Zirco Fisher. Directed by Marc Richard.

Toronto's Best of Fringe, Patrons' Pick 2009 & 2010

5 STARS "Stunning…as beautiful as it is remarkable" - Joff Schmidt, CBC Manitoba (The Plank, 2010)

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 min

Tickets: $10

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Updated on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM CDT:
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Updated on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM CDT:
Corrects ticket price.

Updated on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM CDT:
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