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TRACES

18-02-2010

Acrobatic, gymnastic, dance came to the Hippodrome this week - and it left Terry Wills suitably breathless.

Jaw dropping, exhilarating, astonishing (the overused word, unbelievable) whichever description takes your fancy, ‘Traces’ fully deserves the plaudits lavished on this enthralling production.

Originally a hit at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it’s since moved on to become a spectacle that from the opening scene enthralls audiences and at the end leaves them roaring for much, much, more of the same.

What’s it all about? Difficult to explain. It opens with a microphone swinging to and fro across the stage. That in turn leads the five strong cast plucking it out of the air to give a brief introduction of who they are.

What follows is quite unique - starting with a basketball, and moving on to encompass skateboard and roller-skating, it's a truly astonishing display of fitness, dexterity, and bravery as the troupe (both singly and in combination) perform dangerous acts that leave the audience holding their breath.

‘Traces’, which has been likened to ‘Circque du Soleil', is performed by a French-Canadian circus troupe, Les 7 doigts de la Main (the Seven Fingers) and based on this production it will surely grow in stature and become a firm favourite for anyone that enjoys unique skills of this nature.

Why unique? The introduction sets the scene with the spoof-opening announcement “emergency exits are everywhere because something terrible could happen”.

Laughs from the audience but on reflection if any of the dazzling acts had gone wrong something terrible would have happened.

That they didn’t was a tribute to performers who left the stage after the sole girl member performed the eye popping feat of propelling herself through a set of five high hoops.

Truly a fitting end to a wonderful night's entertainment.

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