PULSE

Te Auaha, Tapere Nui, 65 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington

13/11/2018 - 17/11/2018

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Pulse: an unconventional contemporary circus show 

Featuring the talented graduating students from Te Auaha’s Circus Course, Pulse is a show which dares to dream and dreams to fly.

Pulse explores the fear of losing control and the relief of leaving the ground ….From joy to panic, this show has it all.

Come and be a part of the pulse that is beating within Wellington’s circus community, you’re sure to never be the same

Daring to dream and dreaming to fly, Katelyn loses control of her mind but gains control of the world around her, manipulating beyond what she can hold in her hands, with hope that one day her feet may leave the ground once again.

Tapere Nui
Te Auaha, 65 Dixon Street, Wellington
13 November — 17 November 2018
7:00PM Tues-Sat (1PM Sat Matinee)
Tickets $15/$20
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Theatre , Physical , Cirque-aerial-theatre , Circus ,


A polished marvel with humour and unexpectedness

Review by Margaret Austin 14th Nov 2018

I know it’s a cliché, but I always wanted to run away with the circus. Entering Te Auaha to watch Pulse and being accosted by a female sword swallower, though, I’m not so sure that I’d want to run away with this one! That’s not only because it’s missing lions, clowns and a ringmaster: I’d just never make the grade. 

Billed as “an unconventional circus” and involving twenty Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 students from the Whitireia Circus Course, Pulse is under the accomplished direction of ex-Cirque de Soleil trainer/performer Rosalie Ducharme.

Here is a tour de force of physical prowess and showmanship, achieved with the air of practised ease which comes with – well – practice. Indeed, the varied acts vie with each other for daring, technique, precision and happy confidence. Though recognisably ‘circus’ in nature, they’ve been given modern twists.

We see a juggler who pretends to bungle but recovers himself, a female tightrope walker going backwards, a series of imaginative gymnastics, a particularly impressive hoop dance, and several intriguing rope climbing acts.

There are also a number of beautifully devised ensemble numbers, including one danced to ‘Mr Sandman’ (bring me a dream …)

Music, humour and unexpectedness all contribute to an evening of polished performance. Adults and children alike will marvel. 

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