Attending Cirque Bersek felt as if I’d been transported back to the golden age of circus whilst simultaneously being able marvel at modern feats of acrobatics and similar spectacular circus advancements. Those attending can look forward to acts that made the circus such a house old name, fond memory, and renowned menagerie including such timeless acts as knife throwing, contortionists, and even a clown, juxtaposing acts involving catapults, air poles, and yes there may have been a giant robot.
The show commenced with the Timbuktu Tumblrs a troupe of acrobats capable of building large impressive formations using their bodies, demonstrating their mastery of physicality. While at first inciting much applause the act did become a bit repetitive towards the end however I concede that there really must be only so many structures you can build using only your strength, balance, and that of other men to counter lever you. The Tumblrs were followed by the Bolas Argentinas. Another troupe this time of tap dancers wielding ropes with spheres on each end with which they used to create a rhythmic pattern as they whipped them through the air and onto the floor whilst dancing. While entertaining, it was no feat of wonderment.
Following the Bolas came Tweedy, the clown. I have to commend Tweedy especially, not only for choosing to forego the ghoulish makeup of classical clowns, but for finding the humour in gags one would have thought were old and played out. This whimsical clown’s acts were an interjection throughout the night and his abilities ranged from simple physical comedy to uni-cycle riding, juggling, and tight rope walking all done with plenty of self-referential humour endearing him to the audience.
There were two acts which I would consider to be the highlight of the experience; one of which being be Jackie, the aerial artist and acrobat. Jackie had myself and I’m certain many more audience members on the edge of our seats as she daringly spun, contorted, and glided through the air. There were many points in which the modes of her suspension left us equally in suspense as she performed her daring tricks. Alongside Jackie I was struck at the bravery and ability of the Tropicana Troupe who were quite literally catapulting themselves across the stage. I would honestly say should they have been the only act to perform that evening attendance would have still been worth it, if only to see how many revolutions their bodies were able to make in the short time they soared through the air.
The second half saw the return of previous acts, many not mentioned in this review though still quite enjoyable, including the Timbuktu Tumblrs who were once again literally jumping through hoops for the audience and setting the stage alight. With a quick honourable mention to Germaine Delbosq for her very talented and fancy feet, you’ll have to use your imagination until you see the show, I’d say the second half was dominated for me by the Globe of Death. The Globe of Death is a giant caged ball which I’d previously only seen in the Simpsons movie, however you wouldn’t believe the number of motorcyclists this circus had zipping around inside certainly putting Homer to shame.
All in all I found Cirque Bersek to be thoroughly enjoyable. They succeeded in fusing classic acts with those much more contemporary; aided by their perfect use of set, costume, lights, and especially musical accompaniment, which really set the tone for a fun evening. This Circus indeed succeeded in having the audience go Bersekus for its performers. I believe this show appeals to all ranges of the public, both young and old, from a family to a date night it makes for an unforgettable evening.
Guest Reviewer: Cassandra Cassidy
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