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It’s a rare treat to review a recording of a live event that I attended – in this instance, a cataclysmically powerful joint project between Australian circus group Circa and British vocal ensemble I Fagiolini.

To describe How Like An Angel as a juxtaposition of sacred choral music and contemporary circus manoeuvres is at once totally accurate and wholly inadequate. To experience it live was, in turn, breathtaking, bewildering, beguiling, soothing, painful, and – always – challenging; and the film, instead of merely capturing the performance as a passive observer, employs outstanding camerawork and deliberately disorientating effects to recreate the ever-moving focal points of the live show.

I’m especially glad of the bonus features of the DVD (a documentary of the making of the show, and a running commentary of the film), which go a long way to making clearer the ideas behind the genesis and development of How Like an Angel. The aim was to experiment with the different expressive languages and energies of the two art forms, while creating a new relationship with the Gothic English cathedrals which were the intended performance locations: the result is staggering in its beauty and power.

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