Nights at the Circus
Cirque du Soleil's new show comes to Glasgow next month – we have a word with some of the performers, and talk to Bright Night International, helping to train the next generation of circus performers in time for the Commonwealth Youth Circus this summer
FEATURE BY ERIC KAROULLA.
PUBLISHED 01 APRIL 2014
When someone says the word 'circus,' you might think of a lion tamer, clowns, or acrobats attempting death-defying feats feet above your head. But recently, there seems to be a new kind of circus evolving out of the disciplines of dance, theatre, and acrobatics. UK-based companies that take on this type of performance include NoFit State (Noodles), and Circa (Wunderkammer) but the circus world here is quite small - everyone knows everyone, yet it's buzzing with activity.
Perhaps one of the most well-known and internationally acclaimed companies in this type of circus, Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil have been around since 1984, but still know how to keep things fresh. They have evolved and expanded such that the company can have different shows touring at the same time, and their most recent production for an arena-style environment, Dralion, arrives at Glasgow's Hydro next month. Based around the four elements (air, water, fire, and earth), Dralion brings nature to life through twelve acts that include acrobatics, trampoline, juggling, flexibility/contortion, and many more skills to amaze. While it is quite a flamboyant-looking show, the circus acts fit the overall concept of the performance.
For some cast and crew members, Dralion is a debut performance; for others, this is part of an established routine. In an attempt to understand more about the show and the way circus shows are being put together, The Skinny spoke to various Cirque du Soleil performers about the industry.