First of all Viv got tickets right up front which was great most of the time unless one of the performers was blocking our view, which happened only once. Second, the stage was one of them circular ones so there was a 360 degree audience. Third, they had screens overhead and I wish they were a little lower coz I missed on some cool video effects. I think the only time we all looked at it properly was when one of the performers was telling us his story in Portuguese and we needed translation.
Now for the main bit. Well simply put it’s a hip hop circus from Cali, Columbia. First there was this funny guy and his big can. Picture Ne-yo and Hulk have a baby. His microphone head set wasn’t working so that was kinda disappointing. Suddenly more and more performers come on stage doing acrobatics, a bouncy funambulism, german wheel, springboard jumping, etc. While a couple of guys would be beatboxing and rapping. Overall the main thing I was impressed with was the big ass hoop Ne-yo Hulk balanced on his head while acrobatic girl balanced on all parts of the hoop and hung and etc. It is worth watching but beware of blunders once in a while. Bit of street dance, bit of break dance, very few hints of capoeira.
Note: I never bother with the Metro but the first time I did and found an article on these guys so check out the things they do…
- Blondin: Named after Jean-Francois Gravelet’s stage name. Using ropes like springboards. And these guys were bouncing off the ropes with their butts and crotches. They had to wear special underwear for that.
- Banquina: Performers flip on and off each other from the wrists, creating human towers 5 people high. Landing on shoulders etc.
- Springboard: One light person on one end. Two big guys jump on the other end and they do flips in the air and all sort of stunts.
- Frontal Perch: This is the big hoop balanced on the head while hottie does her contortions and stuff.
- German Wheel: Basically a big metal hoop that performer spread into and basically spins with it, around it, or just sits while it circles him.
Bit of history – British unicyclist Felicity Simpson started out the whole thing when she got to Cali and saw the potential for the street kids. Though she does not like to use the word street kids as she does not want folks to come to the show in sympathy.