The hands that bind us

Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin

09/03/2018 - 13/03/2018

Dunedin Fringe 2018

Production Details

Follow a woman as she explores loneliness through the circus arts. This performance which incorporates Acroyoga and contact improvisation will explore what it means to be a part of a community, and will delight all ages. As part of your ticket, you will also have the opportunity to try a few moves yourself.

Runtime 1 hr
Ticket price range Koha
Fri 9th March 7pm, Sat 10th March, 10am; Tues 13 March, 6pm

Booking details


Performance Art , Dance , Circus ,

1 hour

Beauty and skill opening pathways to pleasure

Review by Hannah Molloy 09th Mar 2018

Watching people with supreme confidence in their bodies is one of the most alluring things about being in an audience, for me at least.
The Hands That Bind Us, performed on a chilly evening against a backdrop of manicured box hedging and Dunedin’s frothy railway station, is less about binding and more about nurturing and supporting. Dunedin Acro Yoga practitioners move with and against each other, shucking personas to emerge as lithe golden beings.  For this group of seven women and one man, the lifts grow in complexity and duration, with a human pyramid that would put any Hollywood high school romcom to shame.
The exquisite bodies seem to revel in their individual and collective strength and grace and they laugh easily as they test themselves against the choreography.
The performance closes with a warm invitation to come and play, an invitation lept upon by a group of engrossed children who had escaped a birthday party at nearby Cobb & Co restaurant. It’s remarkable watching the fearlessness and confidence of wee ones when they know they’re surrounded by safety and care.
This is a beautiful and very short show that’s so easy to watch, audience participation or no. Performing arts are about beauty and skill and instilling confidence and opening pathways and pleasure. The Hands That Bind Us has all these layers.


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