Sticks, girls & guitars

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AmaLuna Cirque du Soleil on at the Royal Albert Hall until March 6th

These French Canadian performers have long had the patent on creating acts that mesmerise and make your heart pound. Yet, they may just have outdone themselves.

The Balance Goddess created a silence that was so deafening I couldn’t even hear my heart – maybe it stopped.  With every stick she collected and added to her structure silence boomed throughout the Royal Albert Hall.  At the end as she flicked her wrist to collapse the gorgeous art she’d created, never before had I understood the real meaning of bravery in a performance.

Last year’s wheel of death where the rather yummy acrobats defied gravity above the heads of their audience simply cannot compare.  Yes, I held my breath as they leapt about. But if they’d missed the audience would have understood, the show would have been intact.

Not so with the Balance Goddess and her sticks. If she’d dropped a stick or lost control of the structure that was it for the show.  That’s all anyone would have remembered and they would never have known her intent. Given the number of performers involved, can you imagine the pressure? Serious kudos to her. First class bravery.

And wow was it spine tillingly.

Amaluna’s other star? The music.  Always Cirque music is fantastic, here it vied with a girl and her sticks to steal the show.

And I should of course add that the whole show is a celebration of women – old and young. Girl power newly interpreted, stunningly beautiful and with simplicity at its heart, just like all good women!

If Cirque for you is all about the big acts one after another taking your breath away – then skip this. If you want to float away to join a mythical island for just a little while you’ll love it.  It’s been a little while since Cirque combined the music, the setting artistry and the acts with their trademark global story telling better than this.

Now to wait another whole year…