'TV cannot come close to thrill of hearing the slice of skates'

Review: Robin Cousins’ Ice at the Bristol Hippodrome

A dramatic pose in Robin Cousins’ Ice, now at the Bristol Hippodrome

Two of the stars of Robin Cousins’ Ice, now at the Bristol Hippodrome

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by , Senior reporter

Choreographed by ITV’s Dancing on Ice head judge Robin Cousins, I knew this was going to be special.

It turns out the TV cannot come close to the thrill of actually hearing the slice of the skates and seeing slivers of ice shoot into the air.

I was hypnotised by the grace and skill of the skaters as they motionlessly soared along at speed, and found myself open-mouthed a lot of the time as one incredible, awe-inspiring move followed another.

The collective gasps around me told me I was not the only one to be awestruck as the performers used every level from sit-spins to being suspended from a hanging hoop by only an ankle.

At times Brandee Malto’s head was so close to the ice as she was swung round by the ankles that I feared for her life.

Vaughn Chipeur even injected humour into the act, but this was certainly not to cover up any shortage of technical prowess – he fitted in back somersaults and at times span so fast he became a blur.

The diverse soundtrack was at times stirringly beautiful and emotional, and the second half brought a change of tempo with a variety of jazzy numbers allowing the skaters to be more playful.

The everchanging lighting effects and outfits as well as a mix of solos, duets and group numbers all helped to keep you enthralled for an hour-and-a-half and I did not want it to end.

A fleeting fall from perfection saw a bum hit the ice for a millisecond, but was recovered from so professionally, with the smile never faltering, it left you wondering whether it was all just part of the magnificent act.

As this is the final week of the tour, Robin Cousins himself made a surprise appearance at the end. Don’t miss the last chance to marvel.

Robin Cousins’ Ice is at Bristol Hippodrome on Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £11.90 to £37.90.

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