Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to see the Cirque du Soleil. Having grown up doing gymnastics, all things dance and acrobatics have wow’ed me from a very young age. So when the chance arose to see Cirque du Soleil Alegria at the O2 Arena with Superbreak, I jumped at the chance!
Being internationally renowned as the greatest travelling circus in the world, I had high hopes for what I was about to see as I made my way to the O2 Arena on Sunday 21st July. As we took to our seats, I realised we were in prime position to see all the action, as the stage had been brought forward into the centre of the arena. Before the show started, a hunchbacked ring master weaved around the audience trying to get the crowd going. He was a quirky twist on the classic ring master role, even though he did remind me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Child catcher!
Undoubtedly, the show kicked off to great effect with a high trapeze act. Two acrobatics swung back and forth in mirror-like unison and performed mind-blowing stunts which took them 360 degrees away from the trapeze. The first half also featured an unbelievable tumbling act where the stage floor gave way to reveal 2 trampoline tumble strips made in an X shape. The incredibly advanced gymnastic sequence featured multiple performers flipping across the trampolines at the same time – almost within inches of each other! The perfect timing and precision of the gymnasts was mind blowing and I’m pretty sure I watched the whole thing with my jaw to the ground!
In between most of the acts there was a comical interlude from various clown-type characters. Whilst the many kids in the arena we’re delightfully tickled by the slapstick comedy – I was tapping my foot waiting for the next real act to arrive on stage.
As the second act began – I had no idea how they could top the first act – but boy did they do it! My absolute favourite performance of the show consisted of 3 gymnasts doing flips and acrobatics on a pole which couldn’t have been wider than 3 inches! To top it off – the ultra-bendy, ultra-thin poles were held above ground on the shoulders of 2 catchers. In other words, the gymnasts and catchers had to be in total sync with one another to ensure the acrobat landed on the pole every time – which they did! They upped the ante towards the end by tossing the gymnasts from one pole to another in perfect unison! The trust, teamwork and skill was, again, out of this world.
For the grand finale, a giant trapeze was lowered from the ceiling of the arena and a safety net was stretched across the stage. Once I saw the safety net I knew it was going to be something special! Around 10 acrobats climbed the ladders up to the trapeze and took it in turns to jump from a suspended platform down on to the swinging trapeze. With up to 3 acrobats on the trapeze at one time, the mind blowing sequences got more and more impressive. I was absolutely stunned at how the performers jumped from the platform and were effortlessly caught by someone on the swinging trapeze. Truly mind-blowing!
My experience of Cirque du Soleil was all I hoped for and more. It’s incredible what the human body is capable of training itself to do with extreme conditioning and training. All the performers in the Cirque du Soleil Alegria are world class athletes and nobody could fail to be amazed by them. I’d recommend buying tickets to see a Cirque du Soleil show to anyone!
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