Cirque Berserk! – Bord Gais Energy Theatre – Review
25 Sep 2018 – 30 Sep 2018
Cirque Berserk! are a comparatively new group of circus performers who are only in their fifth year of touring. This production aims to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the invention of the Circus, and it does so in largely traditional fashion, with many of the acts you would expect, such as acrobats, knife throwing, contortionists and clowns among others.
The show features a series of performers having their moment in the spotlight. Strangely, they have chosen not to use a ringmaster and the acts arrive without introduction. They move quickly from one act to the next with a good mix of dazzling skills, dexterity and exhibitions of strength, with also some clowning fun along the way. Acts such as the Timbuktu Tumblers (from streets of Africa), Bolas Argentinas and Tropicana Troupe (from Cuba) give the performance an international flair. The Tropicana Troupe (no relation to the Orange Juice manufacturer!) have two short but very memorable performances over the course of the night as they catapult themselves spinning through the air to be caught by their cohorts. Another highlight is Germaine Delbosq, who is a talented foot juggler that has to be seen to be believed. The Mustache Brothers are the clowns for the performance and the two Brazilians are caretakers for the show, coming on stage to fix things that go wrong, but generally end up causing more problems than they started with!
The highlight of the night is definitely the Lucius Team, who are a motorcycle team that use the wonderfully named ‘Globe of Death’ to show their talents. Up to four motorcyclists enter the Globe and travel at speeds up to 60 mph, even travelling upside down at some points! It’s a fraught experience just watching what must be an extremely dangerous pursuit, as the perils are very real!
This is a more traditional performance than Cirque du Soleil or other more avant-garde productions. The humour is largely slapstick and it goes down well with the little people in the audience! While there is nothing particularly new or experimental about the performers, their standard is very high. Many of the acts look extremely dangerous and any small deviation could end in disaster. You can tell they’ve been performing these stunts for many years. While it does not have the style or production values of some of the better known troupes, it’s one that will win over the harshest cynic.