Venue: The Lowry
Date reviewed: 28th August, 2008
Cirque Du Soleil is a hugely successful franchise with shows playing all over the world, but if you have seen any of these productions, you may have found your patience tested with their stock Euro-pop soundtracks and the irritating clowns.
Thankfully, Le Grand Cirque has all of the breathtaking elements of the genre and none of the filler, and as the title suggests everything is done on a grand scale.
From the opening scenes, you are dazzled into submission by a variety of human spinning wheels, acrobats and contortionists, all displaying extraordinary talent.
The pre-recorded music gives the show a strong whiff of gorgonzola as it is so old school, reminding you of Siegfried and Roy but this is all part of the fun, alongside the pearly white teeth, perma-grins and over-the-top costumes. Visually, there is so much going on, that you can hardly pause to take note of any flaws. (more…)