The acts blew my mind - they managed to spin together a mix of circus-esque acts, beautiful constumes and make up, and some pretty amazing sets, including giant blooming flowers and a climbing wall for frogs, with almost no English spoken the whole time! The way the characters spoke through the acts reminded me of the Sims actually, it was quite cute.
The acts themselves were weaved into a storyline about an overzealous mosquito who had his precious egg stolen, but then he fell for a plus sized minx of a ladybird and spent the rest of the show trying to either get his egg back from a hoard of crickets, some cheeky spiders and a hilarious grumpy old bug (who I think was the Cirque equivalent of the traditional ringmaster), or steal the heart of the sassy ladybird!
Highlights of the show included the couple who were on the ropes, it was clearly an act about love, it was beautiful. They had gorgeous white costumes with fur capes, and they made it look feasible that humans can fly. It was so graceful and pretty and it totally encapsulated the feeling you have when you fall in love.
Anyone who knows me will have read that last part and thought wtf Jacqui. That is far too gushy, you are talking about feelings? Do you even HAVE feelings? WHERE IS THE REAL JACQUI!? Seriously. It's still me. Fuck, shit, balls - see? Still me. It was stunning and make me talk about feelings.
Then there was the guy on the tightrope. That was ridiculous. I mean... this guy had a mad outfit for a start, but the strength he showed when doing armed handstand on a tightrope was insane. Then he got a unicycle. And rode it. UPSIDE DOWN ON HIS NECK. What?! How did they figure out that was the best way to do it? How?! WHAT!? Awesome.
The acrobats were SO COOL. In their dark metallic outfits, they made flying, again, look feasible. So precise. Except the time when one fell. But that makes you realise they're human, there is no special effects, there is no ropes to keep them up. If they mistime, they fall.
If you have a chance to go... Go. S went in skeptical, thinking perhaps the art would be totally lost on him. He was wide eyed the whole time, as was I. He went home and bought 2 tickets for his parents. It was the best thing he has ever seen, according to him at the intermission, and at one stage I asked him if he liked it and he didn't answer.
For the uninitiated, it was pretty special. I need to speak to someone who has been before to see how this one measures up to the rest of them. Because we were totally spellbound the whole time.