Which – in all fairness – is the gist of it.
Only what nobody realised until it was happening, was that Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser aren’t just cellists – they’re rock stars.
And that sounds like one of those overly fawning/obviously exaggerating types of statements that reviewers are sometimes guilty of making, but it’s weirdly true.
They did things with those cellos I didn’t even know were possible.
They made it romantic, they made it exciting, heavy, rocking, funky, funny and sexy.
They have a charming chemistry and a dry and awkward humour oddly reminiscent of Flight of the Concords, particularly as they throw each other under the bus.
After opening with a classical piece, Sulic tells the audience to forget the rules. To do whatever we want: clap, scream, sing along, flirt with the undeniably handsome Hauser.
And by the end of the night, he’s made sure every interested woman and man knows exactly which hotel and room to find Hauser in later.
The show, which moves through classical, to U2 and Coldplay, to Michael Jackson to AC/DC, is one that keeps you on your toes. One that, in one moment gets you riled up and on your feet, and in the next has your eyes welling with tears.
Things escalated with the performance of Smooth Criminal, which shot 2Cellos to stardom after they uploaded it to Youtube in the beginning, and – after a short singing/stand-up comedy interlude from Hauser to stall for the restringing of his cello – they only continued to up the ante..
After one song, Hauser held out his mic and said, “let me hear you ladies!”, and even sitting in the ASB Theatre watching two cellists, of all things; the women in the crowd go crazy.
It could just as easily have been Ricky Martin up there for the reaction he drew.
Moving on, the rock hits were the favourites by far; Thunderstruck, Smells Like Teen Spirit, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell.
Suddenly the cello became bass, electric guitar, rhythm, percussion, and vocals all in one.
Hauser plays the cello like he’s the second coming of Hendrix channelling Van Halen, even playing while laying on his back and writhing on the stage and it’s so good you’d almost swear there was a guitarist hiding in the shadows somewhere.
Before they’d even had to ask; the audience left their seats and flooded the space in front of the stage, spilling into the aisles and forming a strange sort of mosh-pit while the 2Cellos guys head-banged amidst strobe lights.
And then they closed the set with a beautiful, slow and melodic piece which, after dancing and singing just seconds before, felt a little odd yet closed the show perfectly.
In short; 2Cellos is perhaps one of the strangest shows I’ve ever witnessed, yet also one of the most unexpectedly mind-blowing.
Source: Stuff NZ
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