REVIEW: Cirque de Glace at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Cirque de Glace merged circus skills and ice skating, and the result ranged from impressive to disappointing
Cirque de Glace merged circus skills and ice skating, and the result ranged from impressive to disappointing
Ian Darke

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There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. And there were moments during this show that had me convinced I was watching a bunch of egotists.

Evolution by Cirque de Glace takes traditional circus skills – which alone are impressive – and puts the artists on ice skates, all set on a backdrop of the Earth’s history.

Avoiding third degree burns on solid ground is hard enough. But while skating on ice? That’s just showing off

And when the show worked, the skill levels were extremely high.

Take the performer with the flaming hula hoop. I’m sure avoiding third degree burns on solid ground is hard enough. But while skating on ice? That’s just showing off.

Ice dancing seamlessly transitioned into acrobatics and traditional circus skills like the aerial silk complemented the lifts, jumps and spins of the skaters below.

But towards the end of the show, some of the sheen began to wear off. There were a few wobbles, a failed axel jump and a lift that fell apart centre stage, with a collective wince from the crowd.

And the Russian bar – a hybrid of the trampoline and balance beam – fell flat on the last jump with a failed landing, tainting what was otherwise the highlight of the night.

It’d be easy to make excuses because of the apparent difficulty, but it seemed Cirque de Glace set the bar too high. They needed to consistently walk the walk – or rather skate the skate.

Until Sunday.