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Saturday, July 2, 2011


Circus reinvented

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Friday, July 1, 2011
Mongolian theatrical act, Chengiz Khan’s band of jugglers, gymnasts and the technical pizzazz of the Kingom of Dreams creative team, made Acromania, high-energy, revitalised modern circus. Shana Maria Verghis reports
Mix and match. That’s what happened at the premiere of Acromania, a one-hour, fifteen minute show that will continue till August 7 at the Kingdom of Dreams. Its by a 20-member team of young Mongolians, aged 18-25, many of whom belong to families with circus members.Just like Poogi, the guy who started the troupe, which goes by the name of Chengiz Khan. A hearty chap, Poogi makes his performers “juggle, do acrobatics and gymnastics for about six hours everyday,” and speaks only broken English. Not that the two things are connected.
Seems the non-stop sound and light, loud pumping music spectacle that was Acromania, was very novel for his company, who apparently do a more traditional circus routine. The brains behind the theatrical extravagazana is Anindita Menon, who has been involved with several of Wizcraft'’s previous projects and is the creative head on this one.
The credit for the performance obviously goes to the Mongolians, who probably have their virtuosity handed down to them through their genes. But the good old Big Top with its Ringmaster, clowns and an array of freaks, trained animals and gymnasts, was replaced by a more edgy contemporanity thanks to Kingdom of Dreams creatives.
The first acts included attitude-laden gymnatics courtesy of hip-hop dance moves. And what was that Mongolian hip-hop in the background? Nope, but definitely modern trance, though something Mongolianish, or maybe Tibetan played for a later piece.
Anindita explained that Chengiz Khan who adapted their routine for the stylish stage at the Nautanki Mahal, “don’t do their act in specially choreographed theme sequences,” so the visuals we saw werw all new, really.read more at:http://www.dailypioneer.com/349699/Circus-reinvented.html

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