Paris de Nuit (3 stars)

Paris de Nuit

Stylish and saucy cabaret-circus fails to fully engage the audience

This cabaret-slanted circus show from the Hungarian company Recirquel is a mixed bag of tricks. Designed to evoke classic Parisian nightlife, the production is dripping with a surface sex appeal. The cast can boast of some great bodies executing a few good acts. But for much of its hour-long running time an almost indefinably deeper erotic tingle is missing. It's as if the posturing ensemble was so intent on teasing us that they failed to generate enough legitimate heat between each other.

The opening number, featuring a female vocalist in a marcel wig, is little lacklustre but at least she is accompanied by live music from a great six-piece band and the songs improve from here. Things picked up further thanks to a stylish seductress who does the splits on a slack wire.

A subsequent male trapeze duo is even stronger, in part because the more sexually ambiguous man is dolled up in make-up and killer stilettoes. Yet as adept as their act was, why didn't I sense a convincing mutual rapture? A later routine by a fellow deftly juggling small, flat hoops is undermined by the manic behaviour of his glamorous, would-be comic assistant.

The night's nadir is a spate of frantic, screaming tourist trap buffoonery from a couple of acrobatic aerialists who in different circumstances might have been engaging. Middle of the road naughtiness.

Assembly George Square, until 27 Aug (not 14, 21), 8.30pm, £14–£16 (£12.50–£14.50).

Paris de Nuit

  • 3 stars

Recirquel Company Budapest Stunning circus artists, dancers and musicians bring the decadent and lovable Paris of the 1930s to life, filled with its desires and beauty. An evening of lust, love and loneliness. Inspired by the voluptuous images of Hungarian photographer Brassaï, Recirquel Company Budapest introduces the…

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