Courtesy Cirque de la Symphonie
Acrobatic gymnast Christine Van Loo will be performing with the Cirque de la Symphonie this weekend at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener.
Valerie Hill, Record staff
Wed Apr 24 2013
KITCHENER — There doesn’t seem to be much connection between circus acts and symphony orchestras — at least not until you experience the Georgia-based Cirque de la Symphonie, which performs with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony this weekend.
“The music is amazing … then there is the visual element to go with it,” said acrobatic gymnast, Christine Van Loo, who holds several titles including seven-time consecutive national champion, female Olympic athlete of the year and athlete of the decade.
Cirque takes advantage of the performance art made popular with the Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil, which uses only human performers, and then they add the element of a full orchestra. Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen zip around on stage, as well as fly over it.