Thursday, May 20, 1999 Published at 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK
Theatre takes to the air
The De La Guarda carnival takes place on ropes above the audience
Argentinian troupe De La Guarda, who took New York by storm last year, have now their sights set on conquering Europe with their latest alternative theatre extravaganza.
Co-creator and performer Pichon Baldinu told BBC News Online: "We are bringing something positive, something euphoric and energetic to theatre."
"We are asking the audience to give us their bodies and their emotions," said Baldinu.
And despite the fact that most of the action takes place in the air above a standing audience, the crowd are quick to join in the carnival vibe.
In fact they practically climb over each other to get close to the action, even if that means being jumped on by dancers and soaked with water.
But as Baldinu explains, this is exactly why the troupe are proving such a hot ticket.
"We all share the same stage and everybody can feel free to express themselves however they want to."
And hip Britain turned out in force to give this week's premiere the thumbs up. All Saints star Natalie Appleton told BBC News Online she thought the performance was "very interesting, very good" and the show certainly made 70s pop veteran Leo Sayer feel like dancing.
"Fabulous" and "absolutely incredible" was how he described the special preview performance.
"The whole thing was so visually and physically superb, it was like sculpture," said Sayer, who even said he'd like to use something similar in his own live shows.
While most of the crowd participation takes the form of dancing and chanting along to the hypnotic music, a select few onlookers are plucked from the floor and taken for a flight around the theatre on giant bungee ropes.
Pichon explained why the six-piece Buenos Aires based group use such adventurous measures.
One lucky Peter Pan was Trainspotting actor Johnny Lee Miller, who told BBC News Online "It was fantastic... I thoroughly enjoyed it."
"I've never seen anything like it," said the star.
Miller is not the only celebrity to rave about the upside-down circus - Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Harrison Ford are also big fans of the show.
But as Pichon explains, the De La Guarda experience is not just a playground for celebrities.
"The concept for the show is to mix all sorts of people," said Pinchon.
"This show is for everybody and everybody can understand this language because it's a language about feelings, about energy and everybody has the tools to understand this."
De La Guarda will run at the Camden Roundhouse in London until 4 July.
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