The Conelli circus dubs itself a “circustraum”, or circus dream, and it certainly deserves its title. When walking over the bridge onto the brightly-lit island right by Burkliplatz, you enter a magical realm that feels like an alternate reality. Truly, the time spent inside the luminous red tent is a worthwhile escape from the frenetic bustle of holidays, and the spectacle serves as a testament to the dramatic legacy of the circus itself.
The word circus derives from the Greek kirkos, meaning “circle” or “ring”, once a place believed to have been spent honoring the immortal gods of Ancient Greece. While circuses have adopted many forms and styles over past centuries, this celebration of defying human boundaries (in essence, of defying mortality itself, joining the ranks of gods) is universal and timeless in its appeal. Conelli, in turn, has created a tapestry of acts that each celebrate the best of the human spirit, a creative force that is always challenging limits of gravity and beyond, with humor, grace, style and wit.
Show highlights include inspired dance and song routines, Vaudeville-style comedy, and gravity-defying acrobatics. Tatiana Ozhiganova mesmerizes the audience with her incredible soaring acrobatics, all while wearing a flowing red dress and playing the harmonica. Other highlights include Sergey Timofeev’s hand balancing act that weaves poetry and symbolism into physical art, and Zhang Fan’s tightrope gymnastics, which are absolutely breathtaking in the most literal sense. Hilarious juggler comedian Steve Eleky, who performs in his classic Scottish kilt ensemble, adds spice and humor to the mix of dramatic elements. Capping the night off with jazz and rock numbers (including Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious”), Evan Andrews is an artful vocalist and master-of-ceremonies.
In a sense, immortality is achieved in these brief hours of dreaming and imaginative play. Bravo to the team of director Roby Gasser, choreographer Cindy Gasser, and the skilled athletes, acrobats, musicians and performers, who each represent the universal spirit of human ambition and imagination. It’s quite the show, tops on the list of must-sees for the Zurich holiday season.
by Caitlin KrauseFor more information check the Conelli website.