Circus combines comedy and acrobatics
by SOBEL EWING
Comedy and acrobatics combine in a circus show arriving in New Plymouth this week.
From Montreal, Canada, circus company Vague de Cirque is on their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The company's latest creation, Carousels and Clotheslines, hits TSB Showplace this Saturday at 8pm.
Inspired by the world of travelling carnivals and fairs, Carousels and Clotheslines showcases eight acrobats of international renown.
Each act more surprising than the last, the audience is introduced to a fascinating and fanciful world, where the spectacular and the absurd exist side by side.
Vague de Cirque brings a different and more human approach to circus, combining comedy with high-level acrobatics, Director Nomie Gervais says.
"All our acrobats are very good comedians; we put them in funny situations and explore their fantasies."
Gervais says comedy adds an interesting twist to a traditional circus performance, keeping the audience guessing.
"When you see a lot of comedy you expect less from the acrobatic tricks so you are surprised when they happen."
Gervais has been working on the show for the last two years.
She says Carousel and Clothesline has the intimate feel of a classy cabaret, while drawing inspiration from the roots of circus and everyday lives of travelling performers and the glamour and enchantment that has always surrounded the art form.
On their New Zealand tour, the company has preferred smaller spaces to vast venues, which creates a more intimate bond with the audience, Gervais says.
"People have been amazed we do so much acrobatics in a small space."
Vague de Cirque originates from the Magdalen Islands, a tiny archipelago in the far east of Canada.
Founded by Gervais and Alain Boudreau in 2009, it is the next step in the career of two circus performers who have travelled the world for more than 15 years.
The pair have taken to some of the most prestigious stages in the circus world, including Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Circus Krone and Teatro Zinzanni.
Tickets available at tsbshowplace.co.nz.
To go in the draw to win a free double pass email your name and a daytime contact number to erica.macgregor@ dailynews.co.nz by noon on Thursday.