What: Circus Abyssinia
Where: Gluttony – The Peacock
Duration: 60 minutes
Genre: Physical Circus
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
One of the most mind-boggling shows I have ever seen! This troupe of 17 amazing young performers from Ethiopia are living a dream and put all their skills and energy into giving the audience something to remember.
The show is packed with rhythmic beats, lots of smiles and hand-clapping and everything from human trampolines, acrobatics, juggling, hula-hoops, pole-climbing, spinning rugs (yes, you read correctly!), stacks-on-the-mill (explained below) and girls who must be made of rubber!
It is non-stop action starting with the males locking arms for a fellow performer to stand on, then get thrown high for some jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics. Two young ladies then roll out – literally – onto the arena and bend over backwards for each other (hence the rubber spines!).
One girl amazed us with the hula-hoop, then two more, then more and more until she must have had about twenty spinning hoops – and she had total control over them. Another section had four contortionists bending into all sorts of bizarre positions then stacking one on top of the other – I felt for the one on the bottom, supporting the other three, but she was still smiling!
The athleticism throughout was stunning – the males literally jumping through hoops and running up bamboo poles to the top of the tent.
It was non-stop action for an hour with a well-deserved standing ovation and cheers from the crowd. I will be going back next week for a second look I was so impressed. This really is a MUST-SEE!