On November 14, 2009 I went with friends to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (music & much more) to see the Swedish circus troop Cirkus Cirkor perform their show, “Inside: Out.” Their shows at BAM were the first in the United States; then – in a flash – they went back to Sweden. When the show ended, I felt privileged to have been one of the first Americans to have seen their performance (!). It shows me what the staff at BAM is made of. They have a great eye for talent, for quality, for the cutting edge, and that variety prevails.
Though I am not an avid theater attendee, there is weight behind me stating that this was the best live show I’ve ever seen, and I am not exaggerating.
There was even a live band playing the score of the show. Overall, they managed to balance great physical skill and timing, playful antics, well planned humor, brief instances using tech/multimedia, concept, and a bountiful variety. I found myself at times revisiting the feelings of a kid amused by those who aim to wildly entertain, and who succeed, while even inspiring. It was satisfying to witness the performers enjoying their job on stage, in front of everyone, and revealing the power of working hard at what you love, planning a great show, and swiftly delivering it all in an hour and a half, showing spectators what spectacular is made of.
I left the show wanting to climb, jump, and create something new. The only disappointment I had was that I may not see another show as good as theirs. If I was a very wealthy man, I would support their return to the states. America needs more performers like Cirkus Cirkor.
Note to those concerned about the term “circus”: There are NO CLOWNS in Cirkus Cirkor :)
Check out their ‘trailer‘ for a distant taste, and when they’re back in the states, make sure you see their show if you have the opportunity.
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