Blending contemporary circus and musical comedy The Black Blues Brothers put on a sensational acrobatic tribute to the hit movie The Blues Brothers last night in Manama.
The hour-long show started off with some mild clowning in an old-fashioned lounge as the performers cleaned up, but as the show carried on, the cleaners became world-star acrobats dazzling the audience with all kinds of tricks, using chairs, mirrors, tables and more.
Everything from classic hits to soulful ballads blasted out of an old radio, inspiring the mighty moves.
From balancing acts that had the crowd cheering … sometimes gasping too, to somersaults and flips, all while gracing the audience with their infectious smiles, the show was a non-stop rollercoaster of awesome skill.
At one point, the group invited children to step up on stage and perform during a limbo-dancing session, for true audience participation.
The action didn’t stop for a minute – so much so that if you took your eyes off the stage for a second, a sensational stunt was missed.
The performers received a standing ovation at the end, especially from the excited children who were chanting for more.
The most remarkable, yet daunting part was when one of the stars perfectly balanced himself on five chairs that were stacked on a table – it was the epitome of world-class acrobatics. And, it really had the crowd cheering and clapping.
Other highlights of the show included bodies flying through waving flags and jump ropes.
Known for capturing the essence of the blues with unparalleled energy, the five Kenyan performers – Seif Mohamed, Rashid Amini, Mohamed Salim, Bilal Musa and Peter Mnyamosi – deserve all the plaudits they receive from audiences around the globe.
The clever stunts combined with the music were unbelievable, but it was really the impressive teamwork that made the show incredible and unforgettable.
Luckily enough, lovers of music, dance and acrobatics still have time to catch the show tomorrow at the Cultural Hall, 7pm.
H Tickets can be purchased via manama.platinumlist.net and also check out the GDN’s instagram account to have the chance of winning a pair of tickets. Don’t miss the magic!
– Julia Cassano