Review On Cirque du Giselle


Monique LeBleu

Monique LeBleu

Event Editor, Registered Critic, Writer


"Cirque du Giselle" is a very unique Fringe performance by Aeriform Arts' instructors and students that incorporates the tragic classic ballet “Giselle,” along with aerial, acrobatics, and cirque art that, combined with projection and lighting that spills onto the aerial silks and stage backdrops, results in a gorgeous and visceral moody mix of texture and drama. The dance performance came second in the overall performance, but the aerial performances, acrobatics, and stilt-walking often simply took my breath away. Many others audibly gasped all around us. Standouts were leads Tamysen Malles and Tavi Stutz, with Stutz being exceptional in both dance and aerial choreography. The first half, involving the pains of first love and rejection, is lighter to start, with gorgeous projections of old world Europe that cast playful light on the dancers and aerialists. The second act was darker, and deliciously spooky, with various “afterworld” creatures who'd coax and haunt, including a pair of stilt-walkers that, when tethered, appeared to both comfort and torment our protagonists. The culmination is a glorious and well-meshed cirque ballet that, should it come back, must not be missed! Pray it comes back. (NO LINK TO URL REVIEW; FORTHCOMING)