360 ALLSTARS at Adelaide Fringe 2022 – Review
by Carla Caruso
★★★★★ 5 stars for a supercharged, skill-tastic show
We had high expectations for this show, judging by the line-up snaking past The Flamingo tent.
And we definitely weren’t disappointed once inside! The 360 ALLSTARS, who haven’t been here since 2019, offer one slick production.
The show features everything active kids dream about … BMX, basketball, breakdancing, beatboxing, acrobatics, drumming, and more.
The ALLSTARS bring a cool factor to the usual circus experience, showcasing artistry that has emerged from street culture. A supercharged, urban circus!
The seven-person crew – including four Aussies – are like the hip, skateboarder kids from your school days, all grown-up. But these guys are world champion and world record-holding artists and athletes to boot.
MC and vocalist Mirrah and drummer/director Gene Peterson will also keep your toes tapping throughout, with their live soundtrack to the show.
First in the spotlight was three-time Australian champion BMX flatlander, Heru Anwari, from Indonesia. I hadn’t heard of flatlanding before, but, as I’ve learned, it’s a freestyle BMX riding style performed on smooth, flat surfaces, without any ramps, jumps, or grind rails.
Sometimes it’s described as a form of artistic cycling with a blend of breakdancing. While it’s the safest of the BMX disciplines, it’s also the most difficult. And I could concur watching Anwari make light work of that stage.
Next up, there was a breakdancing battle between two Aussie international champions – B-Boy Fongo and B-Boy Sette.
The pair were introduced like players in a video game and they may as well have been; their skills were out-of-this-world. Think (totally dizzying) head spins, one-handed handstands, and umpteen backflips. Somehow, they made it all look easy.
But my favourite act was to follow…. Belgian basketball freestyler Bavo Delbeke. Behind him on a big screen was a red button and the words, “Do not press”. Every time the crowd chanted “press it”, another basketball would roll out. That was until he had one ball on his forehead like a seal, another spinning on his finger, and he was juggling multiple others.
A fun fact about the basketball freestyling… New Yorker Rashaun Daniels, aka Basketball Man, previously travelled the world with the show for seven years. But he met his wife in Adelaide and now lives here.
Delbeke replaced Daniels. But then he went and met someone in Adelaide too, during the Fringe, and also now lives here. So, we have two well-renowned basketball artists in Adelaide, thanks to the show. And there are probably only a handful of artists worldwide who can do the tricks these guys do with five balls!
Other show highlights included Daniel Price (another Aussie) testing his core strength on a Cyr wheel, and Peterson doing an awe-inspiring solo, where he played the drums and a keyboard at the same time.
During the show, whenever the MC asked the crowd: “Anyone out there like to see a little bit more?”, everyone always roared “yes”.
Make sure to catch the show before it spins out of town again!
(Note to parents: arrive early to secure a good spot for the kids. If you’re not in the tiered seating, it can be difficult for them to see past the heads of other adults ahead.)
Show Dates & Times:
For more information, please visit the Adelaide Fringe website.
What: 360 ALLSTARS at the Adelaide Fringe 2022 – Review
When: 2-20 March 2022 (see session times above)
Where: Gluttony | Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka, Adelaide
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