DEATH-defying, hair-raising and heart-stopping.
These words sum up the Swiss Dream Circus performance that is in town.
Back for the second year, the circus organised by Le Tresor Legacy Ventures Sdn Bhd has taken the show to new heights literally.
The founder and producer of the Swiss Dream Circus Marco Baumgartner, from Switzerland, said it was important for them to bring new acts for their second visit here.
“We want people to know we are the same circus, but with different performers every time. None of the acts is similar to our inaugural show last year,” he added.
Le Tresor Legacy owner Ismail Stork says the sound of children laughing and enjoying themselves is a great reason to bring the show back.
(The lineup is completely different from the inaugural show last year)
Carefully handpicking the acts with Baumgartner, Stork insisted on hiring acts that would appeal to people.
“Things like the Jump Rope seems so easy, nobody would think you can make a living out of a game we used to play in school but these guys use it and people relate to it,” he added.
Stork says it was important that the show be better than last year’s.
True to their aim, the show is anything but mediocre.
The night began with performers pulling up a member of the audience to join the circus as a clown, putting on a costume in front of the audience.
Clown Andre from Switzerland performed simple comedic acts that everyone from grown ups to children enjoyed immensely.
He kept the audience in stitches and received thundering applause every time he stepped into the ring of the specially designed circus tent between acts.
Next was the Ukranian juggler Vladimir Omelchenko, who wowed the crowd with his juggling tricks in the first half, but then had the audience sitting at the edge of the seat in the second half with a balancing act.
The jump rope trio of Inna Lymar, Iurri Danyl Chenkov and Denys Litvnov took the childhood toy to the next level with their amazing skills and precision.
Performing back flips with great choreography set to a feet-thumping tempo, the three made Jump Rope look easy and exciting.
Aerial performer Ekaterina Shustova from Russia did amazing stunts with fabric and straps that had the audience mesmerised with her strength.
She would use the flimsy-looking cloth to hoist herself, wrapping herself in it and suddenly she let go, allowing her body to free-fall according to the unfolding material.
She was accompanied by singer Anja Walder from Switzerland, who added a touch of glamour to the performance with her soulful, husky voice.
The circus was also filled with good looking men who excelled in their discipline.
The X-treme Brothers from Romania drew encouraging applause from the crowd with their acrobatic stunts.
Laurentiu Costin Coman, Ionut Gabriel Dobre and Valentine Petru Goman, were intense and the emotional music that accompanied their act set the mood for the performance.
The Icarian Games, an acrobalance act presented by the Aleshin Brothers, Filipp Kuzne Kuznetcov and Aleksandr Likin featured a traditional circus discipline where the performers lie on their back, supporting one or more flyers with their hands, feet and other parts of the body.
The hula hoop is a favourite for many young people, but a giant hoop with a man inside is more than entertaining.
The giant hoop, also known as the Cyr Wheel, was used to great effect by Canadian Francis Perreault.
Surprisingly graceful, he used his body to manipulate the wheel, stunning the crowd while singer Walder accompanied his act.
They say the best is always kept for last and this was true for the final performance of the night called the Wheel of Death.
The most dangerous stunt for the night was executed by Luis Alejandro Arce Marin and Diego Alexander Ortiz Hernandez.
Using a suspended wheel with two ends, the duo had the crowd’s adrenaline pumping.
Jumping through ropes 10m above the ground while the wheel spun and balancing themselves inside and on top of it, the pair ended the show, drawing gasps from the audience.
These talented artists are in town till June 14 at the Mutiara Damansara Park.
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