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‘Cirque Extreme’ defines its name for two hours

By Steve Palisin

spalisin@thesunnews.com

The Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a new production, “Cirque Extreme,” through Oct. 1, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (and adding Mondays for June, July and August), 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and as of June, adding 2 p.m. Thursdays. Details at 843-448-0588, 800-905-4228 or www.palacemb.com.
The Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a new production, “Cirque Extreme,” through Oct. 1, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (and adding Mondays for June, July and August), 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and as of June, adding 2 p.m. Thursdays. Details at 843-448-0588, 800-905-4228 or www.palacemb.com. Courtesy photo

The new show for the year at the Palace Theatre appears to defy physics, or at least, common creativity.

“Cirque Extreme,” with shows Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 1 at The Palace, at 21st Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, on the southwest corner of Broadway at the Beach, might even make a gymnastics coach ponder things that might look impossible.

Three men in taking turns jumping for several minutes at least two stories up and down on a trampoline, including stretching their bodies horizontally as they fly, and with some belly flops thrown in, illustrate the art of timing and choreography.

So does a group number with six people on hoverboards, with their spinning, bending down, and tossing in a hop in the middle.

One woman looks more than happy with hoops, not leaving any arm or leg lacking one on stage, and when hopping to fly on a trapeze swing, she makes room for a few rings.

Last month, Katie Alderson, production coordinator, counted up the countries represented in the talented, apparently fearless, cast, with nine in all: United States, Mexico, Colombia, United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, China and Japan.

Asked about the development of this show by Spirit Productions and where these showcases originate and play globally, Alderson said a creative team comes up with the various house shows year after year.

“They are from all over the world,” Alderson said. “We have had ‘Cirque’ shows before, but of course nothing quite like this. ‘Cirque Adrenaline,’ which has some similarities, has been performed in the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and also Niagara Falls in Canada numerous times. The creative team then researched and gathered different acts from all over the world to create this intense and extreme show.”

During the globe of motorcycles performance, two bikers, then a third one, make their rounds, in perfect symmetry, especially when a woman stands in the middle on the bottom, still, and with her arms up. The laps all flow without a flinch.

Alderson said the crew in that skit share “extremely intense” rehearsals, which take time because “each rider has to be in the exact position to ensure no accidents happen.”

Two men also make a two-part, giant wheel whirl solely with their legs, but they also punctuate their confidence and balance by showing a slew of ways to step between the their stepping between the platform, jumping rope while making it move, and stopping to let one man don a blindfold, then get the wheel rolling again.

An aerial acrobat/contortionist looks at ease on a swing, even spinning upside down, and flexing in a figure skater’s spiral position while the swing goes around in a large circle.

The host per se, a physical comedian named Dizzy, also carries his own for several skits with multiple mimelike skills and engaging the audience, enticing a few folks on stage to flesh out some routines. He also sports some razzle dazzle of his own, especially as he spins a large, block prism around in his hand like a top during a group dance number, and gets caught up in a giant balloonlike ball.

He also might flash which Superhero he likes most. That moment dresses itself up.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 843-444-1764.

If you go

WHAT: “Cirque Extreme”

WHEN: Through Oct. 1 –

▪ 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (and adding Mondays for June, July and August)

▪ 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

▪  2 p.m. Thursdays, as of June 1.

WHERE: The Palace Theatre, at 21st Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, on the southwest corner of Broadway at the Beach.

HOW MUCH: Plus tax – $34.95, $39.95 or $44.95 ages 13 and older, and $29.95 all matinees.

ALSO: “Hot Jersey Nights,” the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tribute, in the Palace’s intimate King’s Theatre, at 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through May 26, and Sept. 6-Oct. 27; also with 2 p.m. Wednesdays through May 25, then Sept. 7-28; and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Thursdays in October. $29.95 ages 13 and older.

INFORMATION: 843-448-0588, 800-905-4228 or www.palacemb.com

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