Playing at The Starlite Theatre, Cirque Montage creates a whimsical world of animated characters that each play a role in a cinematic tapestry. A driving drumbeat mixed with Salsa-World Music flare intertwines in an ever-changing fabric backdrop of colors, shapes, and textures created by light. The acts weave together in a 90-minute collage of traditional cutting edge circus arts and comic relief hosted by a wisecracking Ringmaster, who demonstrates his passion to become a movie director, and Raven, a red featherless acro-dancing bird who shadows the Ringmaster in her search for Fame.
Amidst a versatile dance ensemble, which ranges in movement from high octane and electrifying, to serene and lyrical, the Ringmaster also presents lizard leaping pole climbers, a mind-boggling contortionist, duo hand balancers, aerialists, and a bombastic juggler—trilling like Charo and dancing on the stage as if he’s in the last round of a marathon. By the end of this roller coaster ride sprinkled with laughs, awe, and interaction, the Ringmaster finally gets to make his movie with the help of the audience and Raven ultimately gets to take the spotlight, simultaneously reminding us of the potential and beauty of the human body.