A giant turtle at centre stage represents the origins
of life on earth. The creature’s
shell is whisked away to reveal an effervescent community of amphibians and
fish that lives beneath its carapace. They burst into a playful parallel bars
number, with artists embodying frogs launching themselves into the air from a
power track and leaping from one bar to the next, criss-crossing in mid-air with
inches to spare.
In the opening scene, the life-less dried-up turtle shell is whisked
away to reveal the world of primordial beings, an effervescent
community of amphibians and fish that live beneath its carapace. As a
new world is revealed to them, they burst into play - launching
themselves into a parallel bars/fast-track number reminiscent in many
ways to Tournik from Corteo. With artists embodying frogs launching
themselves into the air from the power-track and leaping from one bar
to the next, they crisscross in mid-air with just inches to spare!
The acrobatic number is quite pleasing and technically adept; however,
the artist's costumes here seem to steal the show for me. Their
patterns and colors come from real fish and amphibian species found on
Earth today, including the most poisonous frog in the Amazon jungle,
the Dart Frog. Textures of the fabrics are also a close match to the
skin of these animals making the metamorphosis complete and a real eye
catching experience from which to begin the show.