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DPAC’s A Magical Cirque Christmas Delights and Enthralls Viewers

On Dec. 1st at DPAC, <em>A Magical Cirque Christmas</em> starred singer Therese Curotolo (photo by Lou Baldanza)

On Dec. 1st at DPAC, A Magical Cirque Christmas starred Therese Curotolo (photo by Lou Baldanza)

Anyone looking for a little Christmas magic and a fun way to get into the holiday spirit would have been delighted with Durham Performing Arts Center‘s production of A Magical Cirque Christmas. This exciting performance, made possible by producers Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, and MagicSpace Entertainment, featured a variety of cirque artists from all over the world performing daring, spell-bounding acts, all set to live music from the talented Therese Curatolo, who delivered some classic Christmas hits in her sultry, mesmerizing voice with elaborate costumes to match.

Serving as host for the evening was the funny, personable John Archer, who also did duty as a magician and a comedian. And, while his parts of the performance may not have been quite as daring as the other acts, Archer gave the show the right, lively energy and ensured there was never a boring moment.

Of course, it would be hard to imagine anyone ever being bored at a show like this one! Set with pretty, twinkling lights in the background, the first act featured the aerial artistry of Sergei Kozakov and Anastasiia Niukina. The two performers used Duo Straps to perform a ballet-inspired Duo Adagio that was both breathtakingly beautiful and surprisingly romantic.

They were followed by Oleksiy “Alex” Mruz in a precarious balancing act known as Rola Bola. Perched high atop the audience, Mruz’s act was edge-of-your-seat exciting. Other, equally exciting performances included daring diabolo juggling by Yusaku-Mochizuki, known as “Mochi,” and a Cyr wheel performance by hoopstress Rachel Salzman, outfitted in a sweet, candy-striped dress to perfectly complement her performance. There was also a reality-defying duo trapeze act by Virginie Gerbeau and Zoe Sanscartier; unique foot juggling by Ray Rodrigues and Henry Green; astonishing contortion and hand balance by Anastasiia Mazur; and impossibly perfect juggling by Eduardo Garza.

Akin to a night at the circus and giving viewers the chance to see acts and feats they could never have witnessed otherwise, A Magical Cirque Christmas truly lives up to its name. Suitable for and sure to be enjoyed by viewers of all ages, it was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

John Archer starred in A Magical Cirque Christmas on Dec. 1st at the Durham Performing Arts Center

SECOND OPINION: Dec. 2nd Raleigh, NC Triangle Review review Dawn Reno Langley:

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS (Durham Performing Arts Center, Dec. 1 at 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701, in the American Tobacco Historic District).

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REVIEWER: Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click To read more of her writings, click,, and

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