Superbreak Sales Advisor, Dinah Burke was another one of the lucky ladies to see Cirque Du Soleil – Alegria last week. Find out here what she thought of the show…
We went to see ‘Cirque du Soleil’ on Sunday 21st July 2013. This was eagerly anticipated and our expectations were fulfilled. The eclectic show combined dynamic music, dance, trampolining, tumbling, clowning, mime and trapeze artists in a hypnotic 2 hour extravaganza. The cavernous O2 arena was the ideal venue for such a spectacular showpiece; much better suited for this event, in my opinion, than for solo singers and comedians. The more central positioning of the stage gives a better opportunity for more people to have a decent view than if the stage had been set at the edge of the arena as so often is the case when the O2 is hosting individual artists. T.V. monitors would have been useful for closer viewing of some of the performances but I imagine this would have been a distraction to tumblers and trapeze artists on stage.
Whilst the spectacular quality of the tumblers, acrobats and trapeze artists was spellbinding, I was a little disappointed by the curious and sometimes inconsequential antics of the clowns. It might be that more attention needed to be given to researching the theme behind the show before actually viewing it. It is interesting that many of the concepts initially introduced by the aerialists at the original ‘Millennium Dome’ experience in 2000 have been incorporated and bettered by the outstanding skills of this company appearing at the same venue.
Staff at the O2 with whom we came into contact were universally polite and helpful. Facilities are generally excellent and there are plenty of lively bars and restaurants within the concourse where you can relax and refuel. The Greenwich peninsula (where the O2 is situated) has been transformed in recent years. 25 years ago it was an urban jungle with derelict buildings, roads that went nowhere and a feeling of decay. Now it is proving to be one of the capital city’s portfolio of must-see attractions. The recent addition of the Emirates Airline between the O2 and the Royal Victoria Dock has been particularly successful. Indeed this has made the hotels adjoining the docks (such as the Novotel and the Crowne Plaza) more attractive as somewhere to stay. Using this mode of transport is an added enjoyable experience compared with travelling by tube from other London hotels. Similarly the experience of travelling on the DLR through Canary Wharf is an added bonus for visitors new to London. Links by bus, water taxi and the speedy Jubilee line tube to the O2 are now excellent and crowd management is much more sophisticated ensuring safety when approaching and departing from stations.