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Review: Cirque du Soleil's Alegría at the Metro Radio Arena

From the costumes and make-up to the actors’ portrayal of the characters, every second of this two-hour show was enjoyable

*****
Metro Radio Arena
Metro Radio Arena

The applause ascended after each act as the splendour of what we were seeing captivated us all.

From the costumes and make-up to the actors’ portrayal of the characters, every second of this two-hour show was enjoyable.

Performers bent and flexed in ways I didn’t think humanly possible – and it looked so easy.

I know, however, that the apparent simplicity of the acrobatic acts concealed a daunting complexity.

Juggling torches of fire and diving from dizzying heights, these artists have an extreme agility and their poetic and daring feats require exceptional skill, accuracy and aplomb.

Although they are trained professionals, I felt my heart miss a beat every now and again as the acrobats literally held on by a string attached to the arena roof or put their lives in a comrade’s hands.

It was spectacular to watch the performers balance themselves in handstand position on the ground, on a pole or even on each other. It looked effortless, the execution of every performance perfect.

Contortion was my favourite act. Two women perched on a rotating table and executed an impressive feat of flexibility and balance as they moulded into extraordinary sculpted forms.

There was plenty of interaction with the audience and a few people were even pulled on stage. The clowns were hilarious and kept the audience laughing in between acts.

From the trampoline and teeterboard to the flying trapeze, the show held my attention throughout.

Music was an integral part of the show with live singers and an accompanying orchestra heightening the emotional intensity. The song Alegría closed the show and really was the perfect end to a perfect performance.

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