Anyway I have until now been a cirque virgin. Sure I had seen La Clique at the Hippodrome and Soap at Hammersmith Studios. But after watching Wednesday's performance that featured a number of sexy acts including the trapeze duo pictured above, I was ready for a cigarette. Cirque du Soleil is not the only show in town that present these acts nowadays. La Clique and Soap were edgier and rougher versions of many of the same acts. But Cirque du Soleil does everything bigger, with more spectacle, live music and some incredible costumes, and this show succeeds at doing this... Mostly...
Linking the show is the story of a journey from amphibians to human acrobats. I am not so sure what it says about evolution, but it sure does look good. Earlier this year I enjoyed writer director Robert Lepage's visually beautiful The Rake's Progress, and this production didn't disappoint either in looking stunning and taking routines and injecting an emotional story to them. The projections of water and fire work very well and amphibians morph into acrobats.
On the down side there are a few less successful scenes such as an overlong segment involving Darwin morphing into a juggler of light
Still the businessmen on perches, the ladies on unicycles and the crystal ladies with the spinning
The show runs until February 17 and is definitely the best looking thing playing in London right now.
Photo: Daniel Desmarais © 2010 Cirque du Soleil Inc.