Cirque show hits new heights

Cirque Le Noir show is not for the faint-hearted

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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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