My two young companions gave it a very confident 10 out of 10 and I would have to agree. Don't be fooled by the name, Cirque Stratosphere is much more than a circus, it has a story to tell and the performers tell that story with their skills, power and energy. And those skills are truly awesome. Accompanied by high-tech visual and audio props in the form of lighting, music, costumes and structures, this is one show not to be missed. It started January 3rd and will finish on January 11, so you better get your skates on (they are in the show too)!
The narratives woven through the performances are all about space and space exploration and while the stories appear separate at times, they work really well together and provide a framework for the performances. The acts becomes less of the normal circus acts, acrobats, gymnasts and so on, but more of a sophisticated show telling a story with high level skills and imagination.
The skills, strength, power, bravery and energy that the performers bring to their acts are truly inspiring. At times they leave you holding your breath, exclaiming praises and wondering how humans are capable of such feats. Judging by the reaction of the people in the audience, we weren't the only ones to feel this way. Split second timing is vital and was impeccable, made even more so incredulous by the fact that there are no safety ropes for the high aerial performances. With names like Hoop Diving, The Rocketeers, Galactus Gods,the Cosmonaut, the Orbiter and the Meteor Master, you know you are in for an evening of celestial and extra-celestial treats.
There is humour too, provided by the characters of Host and Cosmonaut in the transitions between acts.Both encourage audience participation in different ways making the show funny and interactive and giving the audience time to breathe between the next death-defying act. There are many surprises and the audience felt very much part of the show rather than just watching it from their seats.The show is suitable for children from about the age of 6-7 depending on the child of course as it can be loud at times. Most of the people and children I observed were equally mesmerised as my companions. The show lasts approximately 2 hours with a 20 minute interval and is definitely a show not to be missed!