When you’re thinking about holiday traditions, and specifically what type of holiday entertainment you’re looking for, you probably don’t think of the circus.
Well rethink your position, because a Christmas-themed circus show is playing this weekend at the Fox and it’s a refreshing change of pace from sitting through another version of “A Christmas Carol.”
Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” features a variety of familiar circus acts dressed up in holiday finery. There’s a theme about ornaments but I really didn’t get it. There is no plot other than to be amazed at how some human beings can do the things they do. There are no animal acts so you don’t have to worry about how they treat the elephants and lions.
The music and lyrics are by Jill Winters and David Scott and feature new tunes mixed with holiday classics like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Winter Wonderland.” The costumes, designed by Cirque Productions, Lenora Nikitin and Santiago Rojo, are outlandish and colorful.
It wouldn’t be fair to single out one act for applause when everyone was equally talented in their own amazing way. There are balancing acts, high-wire acts, rope jumping, and all kinds of acrobatic lunacy. I’m pretty sure some of the performers do not have skeletons and I don’t see how that’s possible. There’s a quick-change duo that start the second act and I’m pretty sure they were using magic, because there’s no scientific explanation for how they could change clothes that fast.
So if you’re looking for something unusual and fresh to celebrate the season, check out “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” before *poof!* it’s gone.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze runs through Sunday at the Fox Theatre. http://www.fabulousfox.com/