Cirque show hits new heights
Cirque Le Noir show is not for the faint-hearted
Prepare to be blown away by the technically challenging and downright dangerous acrobatic acts that make up the Cirque Le Noir show, which hits Dubai tonight.
The two-hour spectacle took a year to conceptualise.
From skating stunts, acrobatic performances and balancing acts, to the world-famous Colombian Wheel of Death, the show has danger written all over it. Yet the performers carry it all out in the name of entertainment without a safety net or harness.
But what does it take to risk your life every day for entertainment? A few broken bones and dislocated shoulders for starters, according to Geddy Pavlovich, 30, a second generation Cirque performer.
“I was born into a circus family, both my parents did a balancing act, so growing up I was always doing something circus related. It’s like a school that never ends,” said Pavlovich, who will perform the Rolla Bolla act - where he balances on multiple cylinders placed on top of each other, on top of a table.
Pavlovich started practicing the Rolla Bolla at the age of 11, and the first thing his father taught him was how to fall. “I first learnt how to fall safely and then started preparing for the act,” he said.
“I still managed to dislocate both my shoulders at different times around the age of 15-16 and almost broke my back once, but I just shrugged it off and kept going,” he added.
“That is how you learn, because when I fall, I learn to not fall like that again. It does hurt, but that makes me better,” said Pavlovich.
Having performed the Rolla Bolla for 20 years now, the Lithuanian said preparing for dangerous performances like this is more about mental strength.
“The act sure is physical, but we need more mental strength - if you tell
yourself you can’t do it, then you just can’t perform.
“With balance, you have to maintain it throughout, which is why I have a tube in the middle of my living room where I balance while watching TV or when I’m on the phone, to practice,” he explained.
Mason Ames, 29, performs as part of a duo and he says having a human partner is better than performing with props.
“I started out as a juggler when I was 10, then tried trapeze and acrobatics at 15,” he said. “Juggling is very stressful on stage, our hands get sweaty and it is a whole different mentality you have to maintain. For me, working with a human being is better than props, I like having a connection with them,” he explained.
The performers will blow the audience away with their skills. But they will always be searching for more. Ames said: “We always strive for perfection but can never achieve it. The way to go is to enjoy the things that are different. We are human beings, not machines; different is fun and exciting. If I have the same perfect night every day, I would want to have another job. The uniqueness in every performance is what we enjoy,” he added.
Organised by Tape Events, Cirque Le Noir is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from today until April 2. Tickets start at Dhs 199.
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