Since I have seen many other juggling shows, my first reaction was "oh no, not another apple juggling think" when he picked up his apples to juggle. But it was some new things to it, but the first half of the show I must say that I thought he was mostly annoying in a weird way that I have a hard time pointing out. But I got some flashbacks from my childhood when I went to the summer cabarets at Liseberg with the Swedish magician and comedian Carl-Einar Häckner, since their styles somewhat reminds of each other.
At the panel discussion afterwards I got the feeling that I was not the only one that felt strangely annyed by the first half, so it might have been good that there was no break so that we had to stay and get the effect of the transformation to the pink side that came later.
|Picture from Umeå Teaterförening|
The show consisted of both a lot of juggling but also a lot of "tricks", that sometimes were very highlighted and sometimes just extra decoration. It must have taken a lot of time to set up the stage and I am impressed by the number of things that just magically seemed to be a the right place at the right time. I also really liked the backdrop that consisted of toilett paper rolls, mostly because I really like when everyday objects that everyone can relate to are cool to use in circus shows.
|Picture from pitfestival.no|
From the panel discussion I think my opinion about being macho is along the lines that it is ok to be macho, but there should be no value in it like it is today where you might be perceived as less manly if you are less macho. I think it should be equally ok to be macho as not to be for both genders.
|Picture from Cirkulart|
For the show, I think it was a very current theme, but sometimes a little bit too exaggerated, but I do recommend to see it both for the juggling and for the discussion afterwards.