REVIEW: Big Apple Circus Luminocity
The Big Apple Circus’s Luminocity is a fun evening at the circus. Â It features some of Big Apple’s most beloved performers (although as advertised from a couple of years ago, Grandma has not come back. Â At least not yet!) Many of the acts have appeared under the Big Apple Circus tent before– and all of them are really good. Clown Rob Torres is back, after a couple of years away. Â Rob is the glue that holds the whole show together, and he does a great job of carrying us with him. Also, Jenny Vidbel provides the animals for the show again. Â I especially loved her liberty horse act (and I’m not sure, but this is the first time I think I’ve seen a liberty horse act where the trainer appears in it on a horse! Â That was really interesting and beautifully done.)
The first act of the show is WONDERFUL. Â 15 year old Juggling prodigy Ty Tojo makes a bunch of really difficult tricks look effortless. Â His hand does move faster than the eye (as do the hands of pickpocket artist Pierre Ginet, who attempts to steal the show with his legerdemain. Â ) Â And I don’t want to neglect to mention the singing tightrope act, which was a lot of fun and amazing to see. Like many BAC shows, this is a love letter to New York City. Â (I think 75% of the shows they create have the same theme) Â It’s pretty good this time (the lights of the city) but I am getting a little tired of Times Square. Â I’d love Big Apple Circus to do a show about Central Park, or the Cloisters, or Harlem, or Queens. Â Or the Bronx, even. A zoo themed show would be a lot of fun Â (and yes, guys, I’m available to direct it!) Overall, you don’t want to miss this show! Â It’s lots of fun for the whole family! The show runs through January 12 at Lincoln Center, then goes on tour, and will be back in Queens in May. Â More information and tickets: Â http://www.bigapplecircus.org.