IDIOT-SYNCRASY

Idiot -Syncrasy
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Ambling onto the stage in jeans, trainers and anoraks Igor and Moreno break into a gentle rendition of a Sardinian folk song and about five minutes later after repeating the same refrain seemingly endlessly with a little more gusto and soul at every new juncture the audience is starting to feel bewildered and confused with nervous giggling and laughter starting to break out. Very subtly they start to jump up and down on the spot as if they can no longer contain the song through vocalising alone and the show starts to spin off in ever more unexpected and stunning ways.
What follows could be described as watching two men trampolining without a trampoline but it is also so much more than that. Likewise it could be described as perfectly synchronised but it also feels totally free-form and chaotic at the same time. It is beautiful in its simplicity but complex in its execution. It is a show which is many things and all of them stunning.
The two performers, Igor and Moreno, are intense in their concentration but that doesn’t mean that some elements of humour don’t creep in at a regular basis. The disrobing of their early outfits is the first indication of this and the introduction of alcohol when they pour a shot whilst still engaged in the on spot jumping routine is simultaneously exceptionally clever and hilarious.
At one point they even jump up the steps of the theatre to offer the audience a drink and when I say the audience I mean everyone in the audience; a couple of bottles of spirits are handed out to make sure no-one misses out.
The soundtrack for much of the production after their opening vocal styling is merely the sound of the two performers bare feet bouncing on and off the ground but very subtly what can only be described as a pulsating, electronic throb accompanies their movements as they get more complex and manic before slowing things down to almost a halt and incorporating a more mellow melancholic feel
This has to be one of the most stunning, innovative, bold, daring, clever, funny and sexy shows I have seen in years. The sheer white backdrop is a perfect setting as well as an appropriate metaphor for something so crisp, white and new. It knocks the spots off every other show I have seen during the Fringe 2015. As far as dance and physical theatre shows go this is something completely different and I feel it is compulsory that everyone see it if they can. I mean who really wants to be the one who misses out on such an experience. Especially when the experience is this one!
Idiot- Syncrasy is at Summerhall at 4.20pm on August 14, 16, 18 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 29th.
*****

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