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Cirkopolis – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Directors: Jeannot Painchaud and Dave St Pierre Choreographer: Dave St Pierre Composer: Stefan Boucher Reviewer: Lu Greer Cirkopolis, from the Montreal based troupe Cirque Éloize sold-out audiences across 50 countries before making its way to Norwich. Proclaiming the ability to challenge the limits of gravity and perform jaw-dropping feats against a backdrop of video projections, the theatre saw a packed ...

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No Show – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Director: Ellie Dubois Reviewer: Sam Lowe It's time to go to the circus. Or, is it? This is no ordinary circus; the show title is no ordinary title. No Show unpacks what hides behind all the showmanship. It's not all glitz and glamour. There will be blood, sweat, and tears. We will witness the performers pushing themselves in the art ...

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Liquid Sky – Platform, Glasgow

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It's rare that five minutes into a show you're begging for an escape route from the auditorium and ever rarer when the show does nothing to persuade you from fleeing to the exit for the entirety of its running time. Unfortunately, Liquid Sky is such a show. Influenced by Doris Lessing's feminist science fiction novel The Marriages ...

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Cirque Berserk – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Circus meets West End in this gloriously quirky and creative show. Performers from across the world are represented here with an endless variety of traditional and contemporary skills entwined. Impressively, what might have been a simple variety show becomes a unique and unified production through careful staging and storytelling. Apart from one specific ...

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Cirque du Soleil: OVO – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Deborah Colker Reviewer: John Roberts  Performed for the first time almost a decade ago, OVO,the 25thproduction for Canadian based Cirque du Soleil goes on out on its first ever UK tour following a record-breaking run at the Royal Albert Hall earlier in the year. Created by Brazilian director and choreographer Deborah Colker, OVO– which translates as egg in Portuguese ...

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Latitude Festival: Recirquel Contemporary Circus | Paris De Nuit

Reviewer: Kris Hallett The circus has always held an allure. There is a reason that running away to join the circus has always held an allure. Its form has taken many forms over the years, from family entertainment to stunt shows, but at its heart, there is something of the night about it; the forbidden and the illicit sliding side by ...

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Circa’s Peep Show – Underbelly Festival, London

Director: Yaron Lifschitz Reviewer: Sophia Moss A human pyramid stands before us. Three men in sparkly, colourful shorts stand at the bottom, three women balances on their shoulders and a fourth (Rowan Heydon-White), who we still believe to be an unwitting member of the audience, stands at the top, her head almost level with the ceiling.  The audience shrieks as ...

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The Belly of the Whale – Greenwich Festival, London

Director: Tina Koch Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Running away to the circus isn’t quite what it used to be, gone are the lion tamers and garishly painted clowns, these days circus performance is all about acrobatic skill. Ockham’s Razor have brought the tightrope walker and trapeze artist almost down to earth with their new show The Belly of the Whale, created ...

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