With a nod to golden-age artists from Fred Astaire to Charlie Chaplin, French choreographer Philippe Decouflé has brought a musical extravaganza to London inspired by the soul-selling diabolical story of Faust. Best known for his work with Cirque du Soleil and for staging the ceremonies at the Albertville Olympics of 1992, Decouflé’s vibrant and eclectic style is reflected in his latest show ‘Contact’. ‘It’s a very free adaptation of Faust but it’s also a variation on musical comedy — a homage to a genre that is fun in the noble sense of the word,’ the indefatigable 53-year-old told AFP. ‘It’s a show I love and which has been very complicated to stage. I put a lot into it. It appeals to all my senses and it has taken a long time,’ he said, explaining the two years of preparations. ‘Contact’ premiered in Paris in January and has already travelled to Belgium and Germany. A tour stop in Japan is

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