Since ancient times acrobats have performed on Moroccan beaches and in village squares, creating spectacles for the public with astounding human pyramids, cartwheels and somersaults, always accompanied by music and song. For the past 10 years the highly skilled acrobats of Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger have travelled the world with their contemporary shows. Using powerful and unique physical skills, they have breathed new life into this ancient tradition. In Halka, the 14 young acrobats and musicians create an energetic spectacle which hums with the sights and sounds of Morocco.
The performers completed unbelievably difficult, intricate tricks that could have been disastrous in the hands of anyone but these trained, talented acrobats.
Ever single stunt performed showed an astonishing, almost inhuman amount of control which created an air of grace and tranquility. We were mesmerised by the elegant movement and yet the performers still managed to create a humorous, almost cheeky, storyline that I found myself laughing along to despite my lack of understanding.
The performance included minimal talking but when there was speech, it was in french, yet this language divide created no barrier between the performers and the audience. The story was shown through the language of dance, when the performers spoke, we were listening, we didn’t understand but we knew it was important.
And yes, we as an audience were awed by all of these seemingly impossible stunts; but I, in particular, was thoroughly impressed but the incredible amount of teamwork and trust visible on the stage that evening. The team worked together In a way that only years of friendship and respect could have created. That was truly inspiring.
The simple, minimalistic costumes helped to focus on the acrobats, the theatricality was unimportant; they merely wanted us to watch the story of their history and understand their backgrounds and lives.
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Overall, this show was beautiful, graceful, occasionally terrifying, and the epitome of strength.