- December 17, 2019
When young Charlie asked to go to the circus, he can’t have imagined this troupe of athletic daredevils from Finland – they’re so inventive that no sane adult could dream up their antics, let alone an impressionable 3½-year-old. He sat eyes and mouth wide in awe, like all the rest of us, gob-smacked and delighted, amazed and not a little bewildered.
A crafty cross between gymnastics, ballet and laddish clowning, these seriously fit break-dancing artists were accompanied by smoke, strobe lights, heavy drum beats and for at least ten minutes the celestial chants of Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century mystic saint!
The interval gave us a chance to breathe and attempt to express our… well, words failed us. In the case of Charlie’s mother, my dear niece, that is a wonder in itself! Possibly the second half was even more death-defying, astonishing and fun. With its sophisticated comic timing, ironic macho moments and casual bravura, this brilliantly conceived entertainment is in a triumphant class of its own.
Dome Concert Hall,
17 December 2019