I recall seeing posters for the show dotted around my home town of Hammersmith & Fulham back in the mid 90's; Cirque du Soleil is coming to the Big Tent at Battersea Park. Since then this magnificent show has toured all over the World.
Alegria is one of Cirque du Soleils' many touring shows. It premiered in 1994, performed over 5,000 times and seen by over 10 million spectators in more than 65 cities around the World. Alegria hosted a residence at MGM's Beau Rivage casino in 1999 to 2000. Its very sad to say the rumour is this will be Alegrias' final year, after almost 20 years in the Biz.
I have not been to the Circus in years however I do feel some what guilty to refer to Cirque de Soleil as a mere Circus. This is not a general Circus show with a Ring Master, lots of animals, acrobats and a token strong man. This is a savvy performance which should be on Broadway. This has been choreographer to the last inch of its death too perfection, with the finest show people in the business sourced from all over the World.
I took my mum and sons, this was an absolute treat for us, I can guarantee they will have high expectations for the future 'Circus' events.
From the moment the show begin, I was captivated, the shows takes the audience to another place in time. I love the feeling of being wow'ed and being sucked into the performances, their is the most beautiful singing voice telling a story.
These artists have the highest caliber in their field, trapezes, acrobats, contortionists, dancers and singers alike. They show no fear, its their job to entertain and the show goes out with 110% of their soul into their work, very passionate.
They have the most amazing bodies I have ever seen, some moving like flowing water in the sea, in sync with one another. What comes through is feeling of trust.
Some of the artist perform dangerous acts, flying though the air and having to catch each other, others are tossed up like dolls and land with such elegance and a lot of precision.
They even have the funniest clowns I have even seen. I laughed so hard, I had tears running down my cheeks. Definitely something for all the family to enjoy.
There has been a great brain behind the show, I was definitely spellbound for the entire SHOW!
My favourite is the flying man, using a rope suspended from a great height, he twists the rope until it has enough momentum to lift him off the ground, then uses his just his weight and strength he spins around the stage like a pendulum, he is like a bird so graceful.
I that my hat off too him I cant even do the monkey bars in the park.
The attention to details not only lies within the performance but the costumes and masks, which have been custom made for each performer, some are like a second skin, all matching as their fellow profession. Also their make-up is striking, every face is a canvas, painted to capture a story, truly remarkable.
All in all this day will stay with me for a long time. I will look forward to Cirque du Soleil returning to London with new shows!
Cirque du Soleil still have performances in the UK (true as of 3/8/2013) So if you get the opportunity go and be blown away for 2 hours
For the record! No PHOTOS were allowed to be taken during the show! So all the photos I have used I have found on the internet.
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