Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia bills itself as ‘A Waking Dream of Mexico’, and I might have thought that the ‘waking’ part comes from knowing I’m at the theatre and watching a performance. But there were moments in the show where I simply could not believe what I was seeing, and if someone told me I was dreaming I’d have been hard pressed to deny it. It’s not just down to the feats of human ability on display, it’s also how they combine with the visual fiesta of costumes, background dance and … [Read more...]
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Hoops and Loops at Battersea Circus Tent | Wandsworth Arts Fringe
Last night the Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Leslie McDonald officially opened the 9th Wandsworth Arts Fringe in the Battersea Circus Garden, an old-fashioned “big top” in Shillington Park Battersea. After the Mayor’s speech, we were treated to a showcase of some of the acts who were to appear as part of WAF – a festival of performing arts that goes on from May 4th to May 20th with over 170 events taking place all over the borough.
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Multi award winning La Clique is back in London after ten years of dazzling audiences around the world to set up home at the Spiegeltent in Leicester Square for a limited winter season. Since its inception at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 this extraordinary cabaret show has continued to mix humour and burlesque with circus skills and showmanship. It’s a feast of a spectacle, a truly unique evening of fun, fantasy and jaw dropping athleticism. The atmosphere is brilliantly festive and we’re … [Read more...]
Rouge comes across as a series of disconnected circus acts, with no overarching themes or narrative to speak of. It delivers, however, on the concept of being ‘circus for grown-ups’, inasmuch as this isn’t exactly a family-friendly production. The sexual appeal (for that is what it is) starts even before anybody has bounded onto the stage, with Paul Westbrook practically barking at the audience to pump up the volume and applaud whenever it sees something suitably impressive. Ultimately, the … [Read more...]
There are more circus shows trouping through London these days than you can poke a stick at. I’ve had the great pleasure of watching a lot of circus shows, and so approached Flip Fabrique’s Transit with great excitement to add to the incredible circus shows I’ve seen this year so far. Transit is the story of troupe life, friendship, travelling together and sharing memories. It begins with an airplane announcement. Six performers are revealed from the clever, compact set. By Ariane Sauvé. The … [Read more...]
Contemporary Canadian circus Cirque Éloize are celebrating their 25th birthday this year with the UK premiere of their new show Hotel. Set in an Art Deco hotel audiences are set to be wowed by 12 acrobats and musicians who perform physical feats and dazzling tricks as the tourists and travellers sneak behind the scenes of the hotel. Featuring an original score by Éloi Painchaud, Cirque Éloize show off their trademark blend of circus and drama in a place that never sleeps. The visually … [Read more...]