A few years ago I went on a girls' trip to Melbourne and
in addition to shopping and dining we saw the Cirque du Soleil.
Our mistake was to go on the first night we were there.
The effects of a long day travelling left us semihysterical
by the end of the performance and I have wondered since if it
was one of the best things I have ever seen or just sleep
After watching Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (Rialto) a sort
of ''Best Of'' various shows, strung together with a loose
narrative by Kiwi director Andrew Adamson, I finally knew
that night in Melbourne had been truly spectacular.
Part of the magic is that what the cinema gives us is so
different from a live performance yet reinforces that
experience. If you have seen one of their shows there is so
much happening at any one time you have to operate as your
own editor deciding what to concentrate on.
The film chooses for you and gives you an intimacy impossible
even from the VIP seats. Yet never having seen Cirque du
Soleil is no bar to being mesmerised by the artistry of the
performances captured on film.
Adamson has been clever in giving us enough to thrill and
then stopping before we reach sensory overload. As a taster
or a reminder this film is the best calling card the Cirque
du Soleil could have.
Best thing: Getting up so close makes the stage craft
even more incredible.
Worst thing: Maybe I have just become acclimatised to
it but the 3-D was underwhelming.
See it with: A rekindled fantasy of running away to
join the circus.
Director: Andrew Adamson
Cast: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner, John
Clarke, Dallas Barnett
5 stars (out of 5)
By Christine Powley.