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Cirque du Giselle

dance & physical theatre · aeriform artists · Ages 10+ · United States of America

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Review by CAT LACOHIE

June 24, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: Must see. · large scale · dance · ballet · aerial

What I liked

The experience from the moment you walk into the venue, made you excited to be “at the theatre” and what we would be experiencing once the curtains opened.

Every single performer gave themselves to the audience, heart, body and soul. To see aerial performed with story and emotion is what makes my heart sing.

All too often during a aerial show we are just presented with clinical ‘tricks’, or an overload of multiple performers all onstage at once doing feat upon dangerous feat to the point where you can’t see the wood for the trees and your brain is oversaturated with movement.

This was not the case. just enough performers to create beautiful group numbers which MEANT SOMETHING emotionally and moved the story on.

Such a beautiful mix of apparatus so that we not seeing the same thing over and over.

Delightful costuming and effective minimal set design to supplement rather than distract from the action.

concise and to the point.. Perfectly timed show with a brief intermission for both the audience and performers to catch their breath!!! and when the lights went down on the final scene.. I actually exclaimed out loud.. “WHaaat? it’s over???” NO!

But YES.. always leave them wanting more.. Which I do – I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year and beyond.

What I didn't like

I didn’t read my programme because I was too excited to experience the show, and already knew enough about the production to need to read it .. I hope there was a brief synopsis of the show in there for those who know nothing about the story of Giselle just so that can supplement an audiences enjoyment, to be fair you don’t need it, and to be fair, it’s probably in the programme already.

My overall impression

WOW!!! Aeirform Arts have stepped it up about a billion notches since last year’s fringe. If they agree to do an extra encore show DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!

I can’t believe this was a fringe show, the production value of this was out of this world, to see this calibre of theatre, in this beautiful venue, with such talented artists, would involve a trip to the Royal Ballet and spending at least 4 x more that a fringe festival ticket.

Such exquisite execution of moving storytelling fused with breathtaking aerial ballet. I feel privileged to have witness this outstanding piece of art.

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