Originally published in Manila Bulletin, Entertainment Section on November 22, 2016.
By ANYA SANTOS
You haven’t really seen a circus if all you’ve done is check out some acts on YouTube. You have to experience it by being there. Sure, our idea of the circus may still be based on what we’ve read in American books or seen in their movies – people putting up a big top, performers from the common to the most bizarre milling about, a ringmaster in the show itself – but we don’t have to wonder anymore. The circus will be coming to town.
No big tops or bizarre acts, the show called “Le Grand Cirque” coming this December will nevertheless show you why circuses are the last enduring live entertainment that will give you the thrill none other can. You can sit in a movie theatre and ogle at the huge screen of special effects. You can even go to a concert so expensive you’d break your bank. But when you are in the audience looking up to performers doing stunts suspended in the air, right before your eyes, you’ll know what breathtaking really means.
“Le Grand Cirque” stages for the first time at the Smart Araneta Coliseum from Dec. 25 to Jan. 3, 2017. Here are some stunning feats that are sure to be unusual treats:
Man loves to conquer heights. Also, defy gravity. Aerialists are always fascinating to watch because, if everyone can do it, we’d all be doing aerial tango of sorts on a silver cube suspended in the air.
The idiom “jumping through hoops” comes to life with the Hoop Diving act, where performers dive, jump, twist and somersault through and over stacked hoops. Agility and coordination does the trick.
A fair warning: Do not try this at home! Contortionists are some of the most amazingly mind-blowing people on the planet because they make all those bendy tricks look so easy. Making them almost super-human!
Parents tell their kids never to play with fire, and with good reason. But in the circus, fire acts become an instant hit with audiences because it mixes the allure of danger and a spectacular display of skill.
You think extreme sports have no place in the circus? Think again! An act called the Trampoline Wall is a gymnastic feat where performers bounce on trampolines – what else? – to almost literally walk on walls.
For more information on “Le Grand Cirque,” the Araneta Coliseum website. Tickets are available at TicketNet.