24-27 March 2016
Reviewed by Louise Turton
The Circolombia occurred at a firm favourite of myself and my families. It is always a delight to arrive at the Lowry as a warm greeting is always assured and this evening was no exception. This particular evening I had brought along my four year old son and all the staff we encountered could not have been more friendly and helpful. From the collecting of our tickets, to the ushers at the door and the lovely man who guided us to our seats, everyone made a huge fuss of my son, taking the time to chat to us both. After finding our seats, our usher came over to ask whether we would like a booster seat so my son could have the best possible view and directed me to the cloakroom to collect one, an easy process and invaluable for my sons enjoyment.
The show is unusual as in it is a show of one continuous hour with no interval, something I have never come across before. It began with us being introduced to a group of children and youngsters from Rochdale called Starlight Circus Arts who had been training alongside Circolombia. They performed a routine of around 10 minutes. The atmosphere was fantastic for them as the theatre had many family and friends supporting them and they seemed to revel in their spotlight. Fabulous fun and my son who now wants to find the nearest gymnastics club for himself!
The main act of the evening followed. Circolombia consists of a group of twelve performers from Colombia. Mainly featuring artists from the National School of Circo Para Todos – a school dedicated to helping young people at risk, it is a mix of dynamic high performance acrobatics alongside a live soundtrack sung by members of the troupe.
We were dazzled by the sheer skill of all involved and the acts move seamlessly through one phenomenal act to another. Each act certainly leaves us on the edge of our seats, and there is a real feel of the danger involved, demonstrated this evening by a daring see-saw act that often didn’t quite go to plan and left me not knowing whether to look or not fearing the next mistake.
We also saw a breath-taking performance from rope, a sensational trapeze act and the highlight of the evening for us both a fabulous combination of dance and high intensity acrobatics involving a swing, amongst other gravity-defying acts.
Although this is by know means a flawless show it just seemed to add to the absolute skill and fearsome feats that these performers were willing to partake in, and if something went not quite to plan, as the saying goes “If at first you don’t succeed try again” they always did with a smile. The atmosphere in the theatre was electric, with many audible gasps at what we were witnessing. It is a show that I know we will both remember for a long time to come.
Tickets cost £18 to £25 (includes £2 booking fee).
Circolombia – Acelere is at The Lowry in Manchester until 27 March 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000