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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 side. Its the reason so many wishes to run off with the circus and the reason parents are so aghast at the idea. Having watched Recirquel Contemporary Circus: Paris de Nuit, the idea of running away has never been so appealing. It’s the kind of slick, exotic and erotic night that can change a life forever. 

The stage has been set up to resemble the Parisian nightspots of the 1930’s, caught in the images of Hungarian-French Photographer Brassai where Hemingway and Dali, artists, writers and muses alike drank and talked, fought and f***ed. Red velvet curtains bedeck the back of the stage, while bar tables and stools circle the stage where those lucky enough to get seating, receives a birds-eye eye view of the action. The cast shimmer in black corsets and bras, six packs and sweat; it’s as though the cast of Chicago have wandered into the Paris nightlife scene. It’s frowned upon to say nowadays, but here, this company from Budapest acknowledge that sex sells, and provides something for any gender and orientation.

The acts themselves are variations on old favourites. Striptease, high wire acts, expert silks, multi-club juggling and old-school clowning, all are delivered expertly and with a slick professionalism now expected of any contemporary circus groups. Its the perfect Latitude headline theatre act, a cheekier, more adult Cirque de Soleil, international in approach, which throbs with elegance and decadence and leaves its audience gasping for more.

Reviewed on 14 July 2018 | Image: Contributed

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