Once I got my ticket ripped, I knew at once that I had entered one of the more “popular” Fringe shows, as the audience was so completely packed that some people (myself included) had to stand in the sidelines. I’m speaking of Illuminopolis, presented by Tilted Torch. The only word I can think to describe it would be…mesmerizing. There are six different artists; a duo of musicians, two dancers, a flaming baton-twirler, and a charming host that provides smooth transitions for these acts.
The costumes are glittery and flamboyant, but what really reels the audience in is the way the element of light is manipulated throughout the performances. It is, in fact, the use of light that unifies these otherwise disconnected acts, and it is done so in many different and thrilling ways. From bright-white and neon colors shining through black light, to performers wrapped in twinkle lights and bathed in luminescent make-up, the movement of light and colors is fascinating. I was utterly absorbed, especially while watching the baton twirler spinning around gigantic fireballs. It took me a moment to realize (to my embarrassment) that my mouth was wide open and my eyes were as round as saucers. The playful atmosphere itself is also enjoyable, as the performers engage with the audience and even lure them onto the stage to dance with them once the show is finished. Truly a visual treat, Illuminopolis deserves to be on your list of shows to see this year at the Fringe.
Running time: 75 minutes.
Illuminopolis information and tickets.