By Lyn Gardner for The Guardian
It might be the season to be merry, but it is also the season when a lot of shows are turning up in London in new spaces that don't necessarily show them off to best advantage. The Generating Company's circus show Storm is a far less electrifying affair seen from one of the Barbican's comfy seats than it was when you had to crane your neck and follow the action around on foot at Circus Space. Did nobody at the Barbican realise this would be the case?
This show was the only thing of any merit to come out of the Millennium Dome. Now, 18 months on, it is a much more assured, tightly choreographed affair as it traces 24 hours in the life of London and its inhabitants. But while the piece has lost some of its rawness in terms of production values, it has not made much progress in its attempts to link circus to narrative. What looked charmingly ragged in Circus Space looks merely thin in the bigger space, which soaks up a lot of the energy and the emotion. The latter was originally one of this show's prime attractions. You normally admire circus acts for their daring; it is rare to find them touching your heart. click for more
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