Opening this year’s CircusFest, Pirates of the Carabina’s Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine offers gentle delights at the Roundhouse.
La Soirée is a scrumptious smörgåsbord of entertainment, an ever-changing line-up of acrobats and daredevils and comedians and burlesque acts and so on and so forth, who ask you to put your scepticism and reserve to one side for the evening, and just have a real good time.
I don’t tend to see much circus. But the invitation to see NoFit State Circus’ BIANCO was one that stood out for me, for I actually went to visit the company a few years ago when they were based at the Eden Project.
Flip FabriQue have officially been a company for four years, but the troupe of six have been friends for ten, ever since attending Quebec Circus School together. After they graduated, they went their separate ways into solo careers, but eventually Bruno Gagnon, company member, founder and artistic director, contacted everyone to suggest they form a company.
Amaluna is a fantasy storybook whisked into life with twinkling lights, colourful costumes, a sea of acrobatic performers, and a rousing rock band. It’s not the story of The Tempest, but Shakespeare’s tale of magic, shipwreck, fear and love is a recognisable influence in the Cirque Du Soleil characters who, here on the parallel universe Isle of Amaluna, take a different journey.