Cirque du Soleil take Alegria on UK tour
Mix of acrobatics, dance and music explores carnival themes
Expect a heady mix of high-energy acrobatics, dance and music when Cirque du Soleil return north of the border this month. Alegria, Spanish for ‘joy’, has been delighting audiences across the globe for 17 years, as artistic director Bruno Darmagnac points out. ‘It’s a very theatrical production. There are moments of poignancy and intense acting: you laugh, you’re surprised and then you are moved.’
Combining an effervescent blend of angels, clowns and nostalgic old birds, the production explores the division of a carnivalesque society, as a younger generation fights against established members of the community to decide who should take over the ruling of their kingdom.
Darmagnac describes his role as being in charge of maintaining the concept of Alegria: ‘As new artists arrive they change the characters and give ideas, but it’s up to me to be careful to stay within the initial concept.’
Watching every performance and taking notes, Darmagnac’s own sense of Alegria comes from the reactions of audiences. ‘We use a language that doesn’t exist, but people understand what happens on stage. It works – kids, parents and grandparents come out happy and amazed.’
SECC, Glasgow, Wed 11–Sat 15 Apr