Circus acrobats performed a series of demanding and stunning moves – some up to 16 metres high – against the medieval backdrop of Norwich cathedral last night as a new show got under way.

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How Like an Angel, which was premiered in the UK as it started its three-day run in Norwich yesterday, combines contemporary circus with choral singing in a show celebrating the beautiful architecture of the city’s cathedral.

Audience members walk around discovering Circa acrobats in the spaces and shadows of Norwich Cathedral followed by a main performance in the nave.

The sell-out production was conceived and directed by Yaron Lifschitz, artistic director of contemporary circus Circa, in collaboration with Robert Hollingworth, the musical director of vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, whose blend of Italian and English Renaissance music has been performed worldwide.

It has been commissioned by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival as part of the 12-week London 2012 Festival which runs until September 9.

Mr Hollingworth said: “We have never worked with a circus company before. Just for us to be up there performing with them gave incredible edge to our performance because it is so exciting.”

The show continues tonight and tomorrow before heading to Ely Cathedral.

kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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