Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque Contemporary Circus produced by Tim Lawson and Simon Painter at Canberra Theatre Centre, May 6-10, 2015.
Reviewed by Frank McKone
|Master of Ceremonies: Salvador Salangsang Jr|
Le Noir is actually ‘Le Blanc et Le Noir’, white for the first half and black for the second (much shorter) half, with a French feel established by the comedic clown MC Salvador Salangsang Jr as a background to a sexy presentation of the circus acts.
In fact, as opposed to the tendency of others, like James Thiérrée, to become pretentious as if his circus is high art about significant social themes, Le Noir is pure seductive entertainment with no other purpose beyond showing off the skills of the trapeze, balancing, twirling, contortion and gymnastic performers. Just relax and ooh and aah as appropriate. Clap, cheer and whistle as impossible feats are successfully achieved. Just like the capacity audience on opening night.
Thoroughly enjoyable, though I did have to plug my ears most of the time to defend them against damage from the sound system.
But watching and recognising the excellent work of the performers made the evening well worthwhile. Having been to the circus since my infant days in a different society of long ago, I have to say I still miss the animals. But that’s life, I suppose.
|Elena Gatilova Anna Ostapenko|
|Marie-Christine Fournier & Louis-David Simoneau Yuliia Lytvynchuk & Valerii Volynets|
|Gediminas Pavolvicius Denis Ignatov-Radokhov|
|David Matz Valeri Tsvetkov & Yani Stoyanov|
|Daria Shelest & Vadym Pankeych Jeronimo Ernesto Garcia Medina & Jessica Anne Ritchie|