While time may remain vague and uncertain, the moment spent beneath the big top will always be immediate and irreversible; but also dangerous, as time slips away. Cirque Plume celebrate their 30th anniversary with a song about the lost road. Bernard Kudlak’s collective remember only too well their working-class origins in the Franche-Comté region of France. Their joyful mess remains light as a feather but has never been diluted, despite their journey from the Peugeot factory in Sochaux to the canvas of desires. In memory of their dearly missed musical leader Robert Miny, to whom this anniversary show is dedicated, Plume have renewed their musical circus, musical in the same way that we could talk about a musical theatre, for this new work.
Tempus Fugit? conveys its joy and burlesque poetry through a tender and colourful musical score that leads us through its series of exceptional, if slightly conventional, routines. Young performers instil their youthful energy through these classic circus routines: Hanging from a tight rope, framed by a Cyr wheel, attached to a Chinese pole, raised high by the trapeze. All coalescing into the image of a big jester’s hat; just like the clown Mick Holsbeke as he scampers from ball to ukulele. It’s funny, touching and delicate. The stars continue to shine in the eyes of young and old spectators alike, long after the song has been sung and the lost road found anew.