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Cirque Nocturne at Adelaide Fringe 2018 - Review

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Taking a trip to the 1940s with a touch of circus and banter
Promotional poster (Sourced from the Adelaide Fringe website)


Overall rating: ★★★★

Date attended: 27/02/2018

If you're a fan of circus theatrics such as fire twirling, juggling, and aerial acrobatics (to name a few), which are thrown into a classic Noir film of the 1940s, then you're going to love Cirque Nocturne.

Attending their show on their opening night, there were understandable technical glitches and speed bumps that mildly affected the flow of the show. However, for the most part, the team of performers were able to shine through all of this to present their skills on individual and collective levels with brilliance.

Welcoming us to the show was a "Private Investigator", who set the scene about solving a crime, attempting to rekindle his love for a femme fatale, and sifting through the array of performers for clues. Not only that, but this very same man also had a flare for pole dancing and WOW-ed the audience with his excellent balancing skills. While the PI script could have used a bit more practice, he was able to eloquently work through the errors and found the audience warming up to him as the show progressed.

Next up, we were treated to a bearded juggler, who won the audience's hearts with his charming smile. Never mind that his act could have used a bit more practice, because by working through the nerves, he was able to show us some impressive skills around juggling hats and bricks. There was another juggler who looked like a Pixie fairy and while her nerves were out in full force, she didn't fail to grab the audience's attention (and adoration) with her concentration and passion to show what she's good at - juggling a number of things at once!

The fire twirler who came next was the highlight of the show, engulfing the audience in his pyro spell! I don't know what it is about pyrotechnics in circus acts, but there always seems to be just the right, electric and energetic soundtrack that makes you want to join in the fun!

Aerial acrobatics were next on the list, which left me mesmerized as the level of skill, strength, and poise was commendable and ever so elegant.

The hula hooping girl was a whimsical lady who appeared to be ditzy at the start, but by the end of her act, was able to turn into a hula hooping machine! The pattern that the hula hoops created were hypnotic and a clear crowd pleaser!

Not having been to heaps of circus acts in my lifetime, I found this show to be unique and interesting - with its spin on cabaret, circus, and drama mixed together, coupled with a soundtrack of contemporary jazz and nostalgia, this show with 7-8 different talents presents the Noir genre of films in a delightful, soulful, and entertaining manner.

Opening night for Cirque Nocturne was certainly full of surprises and while there were some hiccups throughout the show, the audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy and love the circus theatrics demonstrated by this talented team. It was a fabulous experience to be able to support a local, Adelaide-based circus production and we cannot wait to see how far they will go over the next year - which already seems to be working out well for them as they will be taking their act internationally - to the United States! So catch them before they return to the Adelaide Fringe in 2019 as an "international act that will be twice as expensive to watch"!

Cirque Nocturne will be performing for another 3 nights, so make sure you check them out and book your tickets here.

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When: Adelaide Fringe season
Where: The Empyrean, Gluttony
Cost: $23.50 - $110
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