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Tayvallich circus performer Ellie Dubois is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe after her highly acclaimed ‘Ringside’ show in 2015.
Ellie’s latest creation ‘No Show’ joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath circus showmanship.
What do you expect when you go to the circus? The greatest show on earth? The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers who seem superhuman effortlessly perform death-defying acts?
No Show opens with five strong, glamorous female circus artists – the perfect showgirls performing to the best of their ability, showcasing their spellbinding acrobatics and flexibility.
After this opening number the show starts to break down. Instead of showing perfect tricks, No Show starts to unveil attempts and failures, revealing frustrations and how artists are pitted against each other. The audience learns of everything that could go wrong from finger crushing to concussion and shoulder dislocation in a cyr wheel act.
Behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of traditional circus performance, see the wobbles, the pain and the real cost of aiming for perfection.
This is a show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.
No Show deconstructs superhuman circus performers and shows them as vulnerable and human. It explores the idea of not always making it and about knowing when to give up and when to go on. It asks whether it might sometimes be better and more interesting to be flawed rather than flawless.
With an all-female cast, this is particularly relevant in an era when women feel under increased pressure to be perfect in every aspect of their lives. This is a production that puts female strength, skill and power centre stage.
Ellie Dubois said: ‘With No Show, I wanted to break the mould of male-dominated circus ensembles by working with five talented female circus performers.
‘It’s a fun and spectacular circus show for all ages, but it’s also a piece about ambition and achievement which questions what success really means and why we push ourselves to accomplish it.’
You can see No Show during August at Summerhall (The Old Lab), Summerhall Place, Edinburgh.
A new Edinburgh Fringe show by Ellie Dubois explores what lies beneath circus performers’ professional image. no_a30circus01