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Friday, May 20, 2011

When a circus becomes ‘Cirque’...

Friday, May 20, 2011


Cirque du Soleil changed the landscape of the traditional circus, using a heightened artistic framing of world-class acrobatics.
Now, a new generation of Cirque style show returns to the Lorain Palace at 8 tonight — Cirque D’Or.
Cirque D’Or, which first packed the Palace three years ago, features a cast of world champion acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists primarily from China, packaged in an equally world-class production of ornate costumes and props.
Evolved from the former Golden Dragon Acrobats from the Hebei province of China, Cirque D’Or performers seem to defy the laws of physics—and physicality, said promoter Joe Zappia. “The show features spinning, juggling, climbing, balancing, jumping and twisting in unfathomable combinations.
“I love coming to Lorain. We have had a lot of success working with John Handyside over the years, and I think the venue is fabulous.”
Handyside, Palace executive director, said in an earlier interview that the last time the Lorain Palace hosted a full-fledged circus of the old school was in the mid-1980s, with the Shrine Circus. The Palace has also hosted The Golden Dragon Acrobats.
The troupe and the Palace have gone full “cirque-al,” with “Cirque d’Or,” French for “circus of gold.” The lavishly appointed Palace presents the perfect environment for the fantasy-type costumes, props and music, Handyside noted.
“I love the cirque shows, because it’s the human element, rather than the lion tamer, cracking his whip and making the animals do tricks,” Handyside said.
“It’s comedy, it’s splendor — and no one’s getting beaten up over it.”
Daring feats Continued...http://morningjournal.com/articles/2011/05/20/entertainment/mj4528928.txt

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