15 Jan 2013-27 Jan 2013,



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An off-the-wall one-man show by trailblazing Berlin-based production company Circle of Eleven

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The more time Leo spends by himself, alone in an empty room, the more he comes to feel as though things are not as they should be. Like gravity. Didn't it used to be somehow different?

This show is that remarkable beast: the one-trick pony that wins the whole damn derby. The entire thing – utterly enthralling – is built around a single simple trick with live projection. Stage right we see Leo (the incredibly gifted Tobias Wegner) performing in the flesh. Stage left we get a full-sized real-time video projection of the same scene, only rotated 90 degrees.

Wegner then uses his powerful acrobatic and mimetic talent to make what we see on the rotated screen appear like a non-Newtonian fantasia. When we first meet Leo he is lying casually on the floor; on the screen, however, he is calmly leaning against a wall. He slides himself and his suitcase toward the corner and, at the same time we see him pacing nervously around the edge of the room.

Pretty soon Leo realises that this room is no ordinary room and, with some expert clowning by Wegner, he starts climbing the walls, dancing on furniture sketched in chalk, levitating in the corner and joyfully attempting all sorts of gravity-defying tricks.

Director Daniel Brière and Wegner only gradually develop this scenario, allowing the audience to get comfortable watching the two sides of the stage at once. It's fascinating to see how the human brain can be manipulated by such a simple ruse. What is even more fascinating is that even with the evidence of how the thing is done before us, we're still willing – perhaps more will – to believe and rejoice in Leo's freedom from the surly bonds of earth.

Leo is part of the Art Centre's summer holidays season, but this is mind bending comedy, a fascinating adventure in ways of seeing, that will delight adults as much as children.

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Leo details

Arts Centre Melbourne

Fairfax Studio
100 St Kilda Rd

Melbourne 3004

Nearby Stations: Flinders St

Telephone 1300 182 183

Price from $25.00 to $35.00

Date 15 Jan 2013-27 Jan 2013

Open 8pm

Director: Daniel Brière

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