Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Spurting Man at Arts Fresco 2011

As I said when writing about Arts Fresco 2011, The Spurting Man deserves a post all of his own.

The act is described well by the Avanti Display site:
The show dissects the unequal relationship between a famous speciality performer, "The Spurting Man", and his downtrodden assistant. Performed to Ravel’s Bolero without a spoken word this show is meticulous to character and detail. The pompous “Spurting Man” shows his tricks whilst his assistant, dominated and undervalued, is given no credit for the role he plays. The assistant despises his master. The master ignores the assistant. The bizarre and unequal relationship lays the basis for a series of comic interactions. 
Each trick the “Spurting Man” performs culminates in a display of squirting water until, finally crowned and, on top of his pedestal, the grand finale takes place and “The Spurting Man” cascades fountains of water from his body.
Even before the great man appears, the act is entertaining as his hangdog assistant recruits children from the audience to help him prepare the set. And no show that ends with the front two rows of them dripping wet can be all bad.

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