by Jenny Gilbert fo The Independent
Over at the South Bank, meanwhile, Guinea's Circus Baobab under the direction of French Archaos-creator Pierre Bidon injects a more frenetic dance-and-music element. Both shows attempt dramatic characterisation – the West Africans importing an entire gallery of local burlesque types – and both contain genuine novelties. Yet ultimately both fall prey to the same faults of dramatic focus, structure and timing – things that "old circus" had down to a T.
The French group not only look ultra-cool in their butch sarongs and bondage gear but would like to be seen as Left Bank philosophers. click for more