24 Mar 2016

Acelere by Circolombia at The Lowry


Our outings to The Lowry theatre in Salford Quays have thus far been rather fluffy affairs, whether it was to watch Mr. Popper’s acrobatic penguins or the vocal orchestrations of the Von Trapp family singers.

Not so tonight. We were at The Lowry this evening to watch Acelere – the new circus show presented by Circolombia. I say circus, but please do not think clowns and sparkle. For Circolombia is a circus company with a difference. They are a company that recruits vulnerable young people from the streets of Colombia and supports them through circus training. The result is a spectacular visual treat – Acelere.

Acelere by Circolombia at The Lowry
Image copyrigt: The Lowry
The show opened with a cute warm-up routine by some of our home-grown young circus performers. The Skylight Circus Arts from Rochdale spent the last three days training with Circolombia and put up a great opening act.

Nothing could have prepared me for what was to follow. From start to finish, Acelere was all about technique and gravity-defying stunts. It was sharp, crisp and very modern. From costumes, to the hip-hop/street rap music and contemporary dance moves, there was nothing staid about it. There was a rather dark, very grown-up, intense story being conveyed through the show.

Acelere by Circolombia at The Lowry
Image copyrigt: The Lowry
I have yet to see a circus where vocalists compete for stage space and audience accolade with the main acts. Acelere did just that. The lead singers are incredibly talented and held their own against the brilliant circus performers.

Riveting is the one word to describe this performance by Circolombia. When you have performers doing death-defying stunts 20 feet above the ground with no safety nets or harness, all you can do is hold your breath and watch in disbelief. There were moments of sheer brilliance that left the audience with their hearts pounding in their ears. Think muscle strength, power, flexibility and precision.

Acelere by Circolombia at The Lowry
Image copyrigt: The Lowry
I refuse to divulge any more of what the acts actually entail. Suffice to say that they involve aerial straps, cloud swings, a giant seesaw and Bankina – where the performers take-off and land using other performers’ hands and shoulders as their base boards.

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush with a contemporary twist, Circolombia are performing at The Lowry over this Easter weekend. Head over to watch them in action. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Disclosure: We were given complimentary tickets to attend the press showing of Acelere. All opinions are my own. 

18 comments:

  1. Just by the look of the two pictures I think I would have my heart in my mouth the entire time but I also think it would be totally fascinating

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    1. Mine was, Anosa! It was a sensational show and I would go and watch it again if I could.

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  2. Gravity defying stunts?! This sounds AMAZING! Never have I been to a show like this before but it looks and sounds epic.

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    1. I had been to watch Cirque Du Soleil a while back, but this was in a league of its own. Very contemporary.

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  3. Wow that looks astounding! I'm always enthralled by this kind of thing! H x

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    1. It was simply superb, Harriet. The sheer talent on display was astounding.

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  4. Now this sounds just amazing wow, the athleticism the performers must have to be able to compete x

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    1. And the precision and technique too. I really haven't witnessed anything like it before.

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  5. Wow those look amazing - what some talented people, I bet it just breathtaking to watch. x

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    1. I was in awe. Had my breath held through half the show!

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  6. I've never been to the circus but this sounds amazing. Great show.

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    1. And that it is such a fantastic cause they support, makes it extra special.

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  7. This looks an incredible show - I have seen a similar one in Florida and would love to see this. An amazing experience :) Kaz x

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    1. I can certainly recommend watching this, Kaz. Do, if you get the chance.

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  8. This looks amazing simply jaw dropping especially their athleticism. I would love to go watch.

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    1. Please do, if you get the chance Ana. It was an unforgettable experience.

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  9. How fascinating! I would definitely like I'm always on the edge of my seat the whole time but truly worth the watch, too!

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    1. You could feel the tension in the room. The entire audience at the edge of their seats, letting out gasps!

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