Cirque Éloize ‘Hotel’: Peacock Theatre, London
Reviewed 22nd February 2019
Contemporary Canadian circus Cirque Éloize are celebrating their 25th birthday this year with the UK Premiere of their new show Hotel. Set in an Art Deco hotel audiences are set to be wowed by 12 acrobats and musicians who perform physical feats and dazzling tricks as the tourists and travellers as we sneak the behind the scenes of the hotel. Featuring an original score by Éloi Painchaud, Cirque Éloize show off their trademark blend of circus and drama in a place that never sleeps.
The visually impressive Art Deco hotel full of chrome surrounds and bright lights is a great setting for this innovative show. Unlike other circus productions Hotel blends a mixture of dance, comedy, music and acrobatics to create a fresh take on the traditonal circus. Although mostly aimed at adults, this production is well suited to all ages and families will enjoy this unique show.
The disciplines are all expertly performed from the dare-devil Aerial Rope to the clever Cyr Wheel. The Chinese Pole and Hand to Hand acrobatics are performed with precision and clarity. Whilst the show lacks pace during some overly long sections, it comes together during the energy driven moments when all of the 11 cast members perform and have the chance to show off their undeniable talents. No circus is complete without comedy and Cirque Éloize’s Hotel manages to replace the traditional clown character for the bumbling, awkward hotel owner, played by Antonio Wicky, who along with a mixture of hotel workers and guests provide lots of comic moments.
For those who have seen other recent circus acts there are few surprises in this production and unfortunately some of the stunts lack the nail biting tension seen in other shows. However the sheer strength and control that the cast display is amazing to watch. The Slack Wire for example is a skill not often seen and was performed effortlessly by Jérémy Vitupier. All of the cast are clearly experts in their areas and perform gracefully and with conviction.
Overall, Cirque Éloize’s Hotel may not offer anything overwhelmingly shocking or new but what it does offer is a clever fusion of dance, acrobatics, circus skills and music to create something fresh. With an outstandingly talented cast it is an entertaining show to sit back and enjoy whilst marvelling at the feats performed onstage.
Cirque Éloize runs at the Peacock Theatre, London until the 9th March 2019. For tickets click here.
This review was originally written for and published by LondonTheatre1
Photo Credit: Pierre Manning