The tall Magnus Bjoru and the shorter Manu Tiger have created and perform this engaging simple spectacle lasting 65 minutes. Though mostly silent, they are highly personable and their droll interactions with the audience are quite funny. Several times spectators are invited on stage most comically to pry one of them off of a large Velcro mat with a crowbar.
The show features often breathtaking displays of juggling and acrobatics involving seesaws, platforms, wooden boxes and large mats. An elaborate Rube Goldberg set-up of contraptions with two audience members participating in a sensational domino effect is the rousing finale.
Attached is presented by the Swedish company Magmanus that was founded in 2009 by Mr. Manu, an acrobat, and Mr. Bjoru, a juggler. Originally performing on streets they have now appeared internationally in 21 countries. Their tremendous circus skills are enhanced by the superior production elements that they have assembled.
Director Jay Gilligan shrewdly maintains momentum by keeping the sequences to just the right length and of varying visual styles. The bare stage is strewn with objects used in the show and long poles with lights. Lighting designer Patrik Bogårdh perfectly adds drama and excitement with blackouts, spotlights, and differing degrees of brightness. Magnus Larsson’s music is an appealing variety of pulsing electronic compositions.
The grand futuristic Velcro suits are fashioned by Irene Westholm. The other costumes are designed by ClaesMikael Svensson and are an assortment of functional white and gray T-shirts and black jeans that add an industrial dimension.
“Our vision of the company is to spread happiness and inspire our audience to follow their dreams,” is the ambitious mission of Magmanus. With Attached, they have unquestionably succeeded at this quest, the proof being the roars of delight and awe from the crowd of many children and adults.
Attached by Magmanus (September 25-26, 2015)
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, in Manhattan
For tickets, call 212-998-49412 or visit http://www.nyuskirball.org
Running time: 65 minutes with no intermission