2022 saw a return to the full run of Christmas shows for Incandescence Circus after the disruption of the pandemic. I was lucky to again be a part of the huge team of performers. I returned to one of my favourite venues too, Manchester Central, for Morrocan Fire Nights. The evening, put on by Vivid Experience, is a high quality Christmas event, featuring a drinks reception, dinner, circus entertainment, casino, fairground rides and of course a packed dance floor.
Incandescence Circus shows are always big scale, spectacular, high skill level and feature gorgeous costumes, and this show was no exception. I was lucky to be the focal point of the first act, hidden inside the skirt of a giant sun puppet, on my rope. I was dramatically revealed when the skirt dropped before being lifted high on the winch to carry on my choreography, framed by two fellow performers - Lyn Routeledge and Maddie McGowan on silks and a team of dancers.
Act two featured triples trapeze, although due to various illnesses circulating in the cast there were a few nights when I had to dust off my solo trapeze act and fill in!! Although it was pretty nerve racking to have to suddenly perform for two and a half thousand people, I thourghly enjoyed the challenge. However, one person on a trapeze can never be as spectacular as three, so I was relieved when the normal cast of this act were back in the show.
Act three was very much the grand finale, featuring the spectacular Wheel of Death, performed by the courageous and very talented duo, Vitale Ermia and Ronaldo. Both from traditional circus families they have been performing since they were young and have a natural fearlessness and showmanship that can only be admired. The audience were always stunned by the daring and beauty of this act that culminated in fireworks being set off while the wheel was still spinning.
It was a fun December, and lovely to be back in the groove of a long performance contract after the strangeness of the last few years.