Director: Julius Green
Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh
Be prepared to be amazed. Cirque Berserk is a circus like no other. It’s a place where traditional circus meets extreme stunts. The thirty-strong troupe of acrobats, stunt men, dancers, and aerialists defy your imagination and belief at every turn, and amaze you with what is possible live on stage. Close your eyes for a second and you regret it.
Such is the genius behind Cirque Berserk, which combines contemporary cirque style skills with of the scale thrilling stunt action, that it has your heart pumping, and pulse racing from the minute go. The almost too loud, rock concert–like, primal drum beats, flashing lights, and gritty urban stage with its loosely hanging ‘Circus’ sign and a gigantic caged globe make up the atmosphere for the bizarre and fearless acts to unveil their wonderful tricks.
The strength of Guinness World Record Holding strongman, Hercules is magnificent. He manages to juggle three tyres, raise a huge log with acrobats swinging on it, and pulls an oversized cart filled with troupe members, with nothing but his bare teeth. The agility of the aerialists is extraordinary, as they hang high above us, with nothing but silk threads wrapped around their bodies, swinging delicately, before falling and suspending themselves in the air. One girl manages to lift herself so high with nothing but a rope round her neck, spinning as she goes. There are less terrifying moments which provide light relief. Tweedy the clown, with his slapstick routine and number of predictable misfortunes is a real treat; his act involving his hat and ladder had audiences in fits of laughter. The flamingo dancers soften us into each act providing the glitz and glamour we’ve come to expect from an all star studded performance. But then it’s back for more hand in mouth moments. A husband and wife duo take to the stage to perform the familiar knife throwing act on the wheel of fortune. Acrobats fling themselves in the air, before being caught. There’s even flame limbo.
Cirque Berserk offers everything and more you would expect from a great circus show. There’s massive variety of acts and each one is in its own right beautifully executed. The entire show is woven together seamlessly, from start to finish leaving the audience in awe and amazement. And there are no dull moments.
The spectacular finale, is genuinely a case of leaving the best til last. As the cage propels forward, the Lucius team enter the Globe of Death with no less than four motorcycles, roaring, whizzing round leaving us in disbelief.
For most of its running time of ninety minutes we are left on the edge of our seats, in awe of the bravery and sheer audacity of the acts. It’s dangerous, it’s bizarre, it’s exciting, not a minute disappoints. This really is a must see show that has got it all.
Photo: Piet-Hein Out | Runs until Feb 8