Luminosa – Jacksons Lane, London

Reviewer: Christine Stanton

Directors: Adrian Berry and Massimiliano Rossetti

After eighteen long months of being closed, Jacksons Lane finally open their doors again and welcome people back with a bang. Collaborating with circus troupe Lost in Translation they present a mesmerising collection of impressive performances and jaw-dropping stunts with Luminosa.

Opening the show with a beautifully intriguing, contemporary dance routine by choreographer Michelle Man, is a fantastic introduction to the cast and their skillsets. Each holding a candle, they are the light in the dark, both literally and metaphorically. With a variety of routines and cabaret performances they showcase not only their talents, but also themes of friendship, teamwork, and solidarity. Working together they synchronise a variety of routines; from ariel hoops to acrobatics, Chinese pole to juggling: this is a circus at its best.

Alongside the acts, Peter Reynolds performs his originally written live music, hosting the evening and taking on the role as the ringmaster himself. His quirky comments and background organ music give the show a uniquely Gothic Victorian vibe, sultry yet quietly haunting at points, with the feel that you’ve stepped back in time on the candlelit stage.

While the atmosphere takes you to the past, the performers bring you straight into the future astounding the audience with moves and tricks that aren’t overdone or used frequently elsewhere. One particularly spell-bounding moment is when Roisin Morris is used as a human skipping rope – bold, daring and spectacular, much like Morris herself. Zaki Musa is another beacon of light, dominating the stage both with silks and the flying pole. His timing is flawless, and his delivery is impeccable.

While the time away from performing is mentioned, it clearly hasn’t made this talented bunch rusty. Directors Massimiliano Rossetti and Adrian Berry do a fantastic job of highlighting each performer individually, while also integrating them together and allowing their synchronicity to shine.

Runs until 29 September 2021

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Gothic Cabaret Circus

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