Returning after its acclaimed debut 30 years ago, fan favourite Alegria tells a tale of the old and new order at war – as the future generations battle for dominance and a world more reflective of their needs. Where spectacle meets a call to action, the Royal Albert Hall once again grips the auditorium with a compelling snippet of escapism brimming with hope.
As the world established seeks for a more perceptive lead to step forward and take charge, Mr Fleur, the show’s clown happily obliged – this in turn causing a succession of chaos before the calm. Alegria concerning itself with how the local and wider communities react to this change and inevitably work together to achieve a more harmonious world. This represented by ‘The Bronx’, ‘The Nymphs’, ‘The Angels’, ‘The Aristocrats’ and ‘The Clown’ collectives asserting dominance, making their presence known – but the clowns in particular weaving everyone’s realities together. Stunning displays of tumbling, aerial work, fire dancing, acro poles amongst other feats true testaments of the cast’s athleticism.
Cirque du Soleil’s opulent, golden crown-like visual a wonderful welcoming feature to be greeted with in such a magnificent space. Gilles Ste-Croix artistically guides an ethereal performance, Franco Dragone directing an eventful, yet graceful watch – there being an air of profoundity about Alegria – in a time of flux socially/politically that we’re currently in, that makes me appreciate the production that much more.
Written by Lucy Basaba.
Alegria is currently showing until Sunday 3rd March 2024 at the Royal Albert Hall. To find out more about the production, visit here…