Friday August 16, 2013 / 9:00pmCirque Shanghai: Dragon's Thunder
How was your experience?
Ok. Not spectacular. The use of the word "Cirque" may lead others (as it did me) to think that this performance is somehow related to the exquisite stagings of Cirque Du Soleil. Well, it's not. It was a wannabe performance including mostly young kids, lots of very annoying, constantly flashing lights and drum competitions by performers in very unusual costumes. The performers were very charming and smiled engagingly. The choreography was sometimes puzzling and contrived. One performer could contort her slight body into an incredible pretzel-twist, more befitting a side show than a performance. I'd give them A for effort and E for execution and staging. There were a lot of stumbling and near-misses, which lent an air of amateurish production values.