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The Vintage Guide To London | December 17, 2017

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Classic circus at its best: Cirque de Soleil's Kooza

Classic circus at its best: Cirque de Soleil’s Kooza

Clowning and acrobatics form the basic disciplines of circus entertainment, and Cirque de Soleil’s Kooza, now showing at the Royal Albert Hall, combines both to a slick, heart-stopping performance that will have you at the edge of your seat to the very last minute.

Neither the show’s narrative of a child meeting a devilish conjurer, nor the energetic live band or impressive stage setting take the focus away from the breathtaking acrobatics that take centre stage throughout.

Classic circus acts such as a hula hoop manipulator, contortionists and tight rope walkers perform their acts so seemingly without effort that a high-flying trapeze act looks as easy as a frolic on a child’s swing, while clown acts artfully master audience participation and deliver genuinely funny moments of adult entertainment.

The undisputed highlight of the night, the Wheel of Death, will absolutely make you hold your breath in disbelieve, conjuring up that magic mixture of astonishment and disbelieve only the best performances can evoke.

Very, very impressive.

Cirque de Soleil Kooza
now at the Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 5 January – Thursday 14 February 2013