Circus artistes shine in a show of spellbinding acrobatics rich in symbolism Nothing in Quidam is by chance, and all acts help to reveal more about the story. But these acts are also the stars of the show, and each is a breathtaking experience that can be enjoyed for its entertainment value as well as the deeper meaning and symbolism it presents. The German Wheel is the first act. An acrobat controls the giant spinning wheel performing somersaults and twists, and at times becoming one with the wheel as it rolls and spins around the stage. Taking this popular gymnastic exercise to a whole new level, the performer makes it look effortless and great fun as well. Well known to Hong Kong, the Diabolos or Chinese yo-yo act is next. Four young performers appear in metallic space-age costumes, defying logic and gravity with these antique toys. Audiences will be spellbound as they watch these four dexterous masters of wood and string. The Clowns, a favourite with the crowds, follow. Toto and Voki will delight audiences with their crazy antics and burlesque-style routines. They appear twice during the show to lighten the atmosphere, and remind audiences about the joy of laughter. Next is one of the most emotionally powerful performances, the Aerial Contortion in Silk. This begins with a woman entwined in red silk high above the stage. She expresses her femininity and the beauty and suppleness of the body as she moves as part of the silk or becomes entwined or cocooned within the cloth. The performance is made even more haunting by the accompanying music. Following this intense act, the Skipping Ropes bring a sense of lightness and fun back to the stage. But like all of Cirque's acts, audiences are seeing the best of the best, so this is more than merely jumping rope. At times the rope spins faster than the eye can see, and at other times, group skipping becomes a choreographic feat of co-ordination and rhythm. Three bodies slowly descend from above, perched on a single aerial hoop like exotic birds. They move and twirl through the air on single hoops or a shared hoop. The Aerial Hoops act is a performance of both agility and grace. The Spanish Web follows, which for the first time is being performed as a group act, increasing the delight of audiences tenfold. Eight artists free-fall through the air, stopping just in time, thanks to the ropes looped around their ankles or waists. Statue - Vis Versa then emerges, and will evoke one of the strongest audience reactions of the evening if the impressions of past audiences are anything to go by. This act often receives a standing ovation. Like two statues coming to life, a man and a woman slowly become one as they balance on each other in unbelievable postures that require intense control and strength. This act is testament to the magnificence of the human form. The clowns reappear again at this point and are followed by the Cloud Swing, an act that combines the trapeze and Spanish Web. Swinging high above the audience's heads, this performer uses her spectacular rope technique to launch herself into a series of acrobatic moves. Young girls wearing veils and holding ropes around their necks stand below, intensifying the performance and compelling the audience to question the meaning. Another act that defies belief is the Banquine, an Italian acrobatic tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. With the defining Cirque magic, a troupe of 15 artists perform synchronised acrobatics and build human pyramids. This act is guaranteed to astound audiences. Recognition should also be given to the talented artists who create the mood-enhancing lighting and dramatic live music that add colour and depth to the magic of Quidam.