Acéléré by Circolombia (4 stars)

Acéléré by Circolombia

Adrenaline-fuelled, heart-in-mouth fun

When the circus comes to town, it usually brings a twist with it. Maybe it's lots of water, freakishly flexible children, Shaolin warriors or stunts with motorbikes. Acéléré, a 'circus concert' from the Circolombia troupe, has been given a Latino spin. A fierce female ringmaster raps in Spanish and English to warm up the crowd, before the stunts begin.

Many of the performers here trained at the National School of Circo Para Todos in Colombia, a school that supports underprivileged young people. There are weightless gymnasts flying through space; extreme swinging action way up high; a solid muscleman balancing a bendy girl in a rotating hoop on his forehead, and aerial acrobats gracefully hanging upside down by ropes held in their teeth (there are loud gasps for the last pair, possibly from any dentists or chiropractors in the crowd).

It's all soundtracked by boomy drum & bass, hip hop and reggaeton, with the artists taking turns to throw shapes in between routines. When the show's over, the audience, who've been bouncing along in their seats, pour onto the stage for a South American dance party. Fearless fun with no safety nets or subtitles, just a lot of adrenaline and heart-in-mouth moments.

Underbelly Circus Hub, until 26 Aug (not 21), 9.15pm, £17.50–£19.50 (£16.50–£18.50).

Acéléré by Circolombia

  • 4 stars

Circolombia in association with Underbelly Circolombia took London's Roundhouse by storm with their explosive debut show, Urban and then Acéléré. Circolombia is no ordinary circus. The sheer power of 13 performers, coupled with mind-boggling skill and a willingness to take terrifying risks, delivers world-class…

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