Circus

CIRCUS OF ILLUSION : A LOT OF FUN

CIRCUS OF ILLUSION played two shows only, both on April 21 at the State Theatre. Excited children, smiling grandparents and keen amateur magicians of all ages packed the theatre. Magicians and illusionists have been around for thousands of years. You know what to expect – people will disappear out of locked boxes, handkerchiefs will change colour, lovely ladies will levitate, and there will be a bit of juggling, joking and jumping about. We know what to expect yet it is all terribly fun.

CIRCUS OF ILLUSION has loud music, bright lights, skimpily dressed dancing ladies, a strong man and acrobats. One skit follows another in quick order, keeping you on your toes while the performers are on their toes, their hands, their heads and on each others’ shoulders, heads, bottoms and backs. Tro Griffiths is the heavily-tattooed strong man. He doesn’t actually lift anything up, except himself! He climbs ropes, rods and hoops with amazing agility and, of course, with strength. He’s the strongman! Tara Boom thrilled us twirling and manoeuvring dozens of the hula hoops around herself. Ringmaster Idris Stanbury engaged the audience, juggled a bit, and told jokes the children could understand.  Continue reading CIRCUS OF ILLUSION : A LOT OF FUN

CIRCUS OF ILLUSION : A BRIEF SEASON @ STATE THEATRE

Acclaimed illusionist, Australia’s Got Talent finalist and producer of this show, Michael Boyd invited the media on Wednesday 20th April to film and photograph highlights from the show including Michael as he makes a girl miraculously appear  inside a cage plus Circus troupe performers Rola Bola Tower, artist Sasha, hula hoop artist Sarah Blom and aerallist Troy.

You have to rush as the show is only open for one day  on 21 April at the State Theatre for two session times at 2pm and 6.30pm. 

http://www.statetheatre.com.au

Text and photos by Ben Apfelbaum

 

CIRCA’S PEEPSHOW @ THEATRE ROYAL

Circa’s Peepshow. Pic Prudence Upton

‘This is my second time to see Peepshow’, the woman sitting next to me said. ‘I see everything Circa does!’ It was opening night in Sydney. How had she already seen Peepshow? ‘I came down from Brissie especially to see it again,’ she beamed.

Then the lights beamed and the show began. It is just as the publicity material spruiked: “Peepshow turns cabaret on its head, literally. Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful…teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending, beguiling burlesque, and devilishly precarious aerials.”

The critics agree. Peepshow received rave reviews in England, Brisbane, and now Sydney. The acrobatics are morphed with contemporary dance, comic routines, mirror-image mimicry all synched to a varied soundtrack. The music melds from classical to cabaret to Louie Armstrong and others without much rhyme or reason but somehow it works. Continue reading CIRCA’S PEEPSHOW @ THEATRE ROYAL

CIRCA : WOLFGANG’S MAGICAL MUSICAL CIRCUS @ THEATRE ROYAL

Wolfgang’s Magical Mystery Circus. Pic Dylan Evans
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus. Pic Dylan Evans
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus. Pic Dylan Evans

This is a fun family show celebrating the beauty of Mozart’s music  intertwined with the magic of circus.

This circus show is a three hander; Paul O’Keefe plays the creative spirited Mozart, Kathryn O’Keeffe (perhaps Paul’s wife?) plays his foil with whom he performs a wide range of circus tricks, and accordionist Gareth Chin who is on stage all of the time, blends in  with the taped Mozart music. Batons and pages of music fly across the stage in a whirlwind of comic, slapstick action which the many kids in the audience, accompanied by their parents or sometimes with grandparents, greatly enjoyed. The circus went for sixty minutes, a good running time for kids and their fleeting concentration skills.

Paul O’Keeffe

Paul O’Keefe

Kathryn O’Keeffe

Kathryn O’Keeffe

Gareth Chin – Accordionist  

Gareth Chin

Recommended, Circa’s WOLFGANG’S MAGICAL MUSICAL CIRCUS is playing the Theatre Royal until Sunday 24 Aprll, 2022.

http://www.theatreroyalsydney.com/

CIRCA’S TWO UPCOMING SHOWS @ THEATRE ROYAL : DOUBLE PASSES

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Adventure. Pic Daniel Evans
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Adventure. Pic Dylan Evans
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Adventure. Pic Dylan Evans
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Adventure. Pic Dylan Evans
Circa’s ‘Peepshow’. pic Prudence Upton
Circa’s ‘Peepshow’Pic Prudence Upton
Circa’s ‘Peepshow’ Pic Prudence Upton
Circa’s ‘Peepshow’ Pic Prudence Upton

Circa, in an exciting new partnership with GWB Entertainment and Trafalgar Entertainment are thrilled to announce its premiere season at Theatre Royal Sydney 20-24 April. 

The internationally successful contemporary circus company based in Brisbane will present two of its incredible shows during the strictly limited season in Sydney. The masterful Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus will entertain our youngest circus fans during the day as they enjoy school holidays, whilst Circa’s Peepshow will bring the intensity to the evening when the sun goes down. 

“I love that we are presenting two complimentary but different visions of Circa’s work in the same  week. Peepshow is hot, sweaty, sexy and tough. Moving from cabaret to nightclub it is full of high  energy acts and muscular acrobatics for adults who want to laugh, gasp and feel the burn. Wolfgang’s  Magical Musical Circus is a chocolate coated Brussel sprout of a show – an hour of Mozart’s music  children love to experience. It’s a hilarious madcap ride crammed with acrobatics and skills and lots  of surprises.” said Yaron Lifschitz, Circa Artistic Director  Continue reading CIRCA’S TWO UPCOMING SHOWS @ THEATRE ROYAL : DOUBLE PASSES

NEW CHAPTERS II : ABOVE BELOW @ THE CONCOURSE

As part of CHATSWOOD CULTURE BITES, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra is proud to join forces once again with powerhouse aerialists LEGS ON THE WALL to present one show only on Saturday 19 March at The Concourse Chatswood – the cultural heart of the North Shore.

LEGS ON THE WALL is renowned as the thriving heart of physical theatre in Australia and is known nationally and internationally for its exuberant synergy of circus, theatre and dance.  Established in 1984 by a group of young artists busking on the streets of Sydney, ‘Legs’ has gone on to become a mature global cultural export that has performed around the world reaching audiences in their thousands through its outdoor work (and millions via television viewers).  

Audiences will be uplifted by the sweeping sounds of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra as renowned soprano Susannah Lawergren joins three aerialists from LEGS ON THE WALL to float high above combining a sea of sound with aerial beauty. Continue reading NEW CHAPTERS II : ABOVE BELOW @ THE CONCOURSE

CIRCA ANNOUNCES EXCITING START TO SEASON 2022

The world-acclaimed contemporary circus arts company Circa this week announced its remarkable program for the first four months of 2022, including 52 performances in 18 cities of eight productions across three continents and the launching of CircAbility, a program bringing participants from the disability community together to learn circus skills.

Circa Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz said “Watching a brilliant team in full flight is a thing of great beauty. And it has been thrilling not only to see our acrobats leap and balance but to see the extraordinary efforts of our management, production, producing and engagement teams to bring this diverse and salutary season to the stage. The world is challenging and our work is uncompromising but we love the challenge.”

The company also confirmed the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM as its inaugural Patron. Announcing the appointment, Circa’s Chair Michael Lynch AO CBE said, “We are delighted to welcome Queensland’s new Governor to be the inaugural Patron of Circa. We were proud to learn that accepting the role was one of Her Excellency’s first acts after being sworn-in as the 27th Governor of Queensland.”

Circa’s program for the first four months of 2022 – the equivalent of what for many companies would be an ambitious year of work – features three new creations, four tours and a suite of engagement and participation programs. Continue reading CIRCA ANNOUNCES EXCITING START TO SEASON 2022

CIRCUS COMPANY THE CONSTRUCT @ SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2022

aXis is New South Wale’s new elite circus arts company, an all-professional ensemble part of Circus Monoxide, and it will premiere The Construct at Sydney Festival 2022 with free public space performances at Cronulla (January 19) Darling Harbour (January 20 & 21) and Parramatta (January 22 & 23).

Choreographed by Zebastion Hunter and the Circus Monoxide aXis ensemble, The Construct is circus and contemporary dance combined. Elite artists will tumble, dance and contort their way through a unique steel sculpture, creating moments that are poignant, intense, playful and comic, set to a dynamic, urban, classical music score by Wollongong based composer Dr. Judith Stubbs.

“Created for public spaces as a direct response to the COVID -19 lockdowns, The Construct is a celebration of the freedom and hope we have found in our new normal,” says Zebastian Hunter, Artistic Director“Audiences need to see art that reflects who they are and how they relate to each other during COVID – 19. Working in an abstract palette you can touch people on a personal and profound level.”

“The Construct is philosophically about the challenges we’ve all experienced and are facing during COVID” said Linda Catalano of Quiet Riot, national and international  programmer, curator, agent and manager who works in live performance, film and television. “We’ve overcome so many obstacles to create The Construct together.” Continue reading CIRCUS COMPANY THE CONSTRUCT @ SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2022

THE LITTLE PRINCE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE : A MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTION

Thanks to Anne Tournié (Choreography and Direction) and Chris Mouron (Adaptation and Co-direction) for bringing a work of such joy and hope to our city. More than a revival of the iconic French children’s tale, this production was the very embodiment of the literary work. It is the production that matched the 1945 publication to perfection. More so than yet another representation of the printed story, it is its full realization and completion. On stage the imaginary, emotional world of a child is perfectly manifest. This is the world Antoine de Saint-Exupéry intended,  the subjective collage of a child’s imagination that cannot be written down. “What is essential is invisible to the eye” de Saint-Exupéry might have said, but in this theatre what is essential can be seen in all its wonder.

The production is a dance/circus work, layered with live narration and song by the finely tuned and attuned voice of Chris Mouron, exquisite surrealist and composed videos by Marie Jumelin, an array of rich costumes (Peggy Housset), and a rich incomparable soundscape by Terry Truck. The stage become a mobile panorama of the imagination, with images all over the floor and rear cyclorama, and lighting (Stephanie Fritsch) matched in style, shape and colour. 

Above all it is the talented dance ensemble who thoroughly earned the magnanimous standing ovation from the opening night audience. Lionel Zalachas as the Little Prince dazzled throughout in free spirit, from the ceiling, the floor, on a ball, in acrobatic solos and in several delightful duos. The full array of heavenly characters – mainly satires of adults through a child’s eyes – are on stage, each a melodramatic evocation based on quirky humour that reminds us never to underestimate a child’s vision of the world he or she is in. The Insatiable king and the avaricious Businessman (Luca Cesa), the obsessed mathematician, the narcissist Vain Man (Mathieu Cobos), the hyper Lamplighter (Marcin Janiak), the Drunk and also the Railway Switcher train-spotting neurotic (Riccardo De Totero) – these would be funny enough as Gilbert and Sullivan roles. 

However we need remember that the book about a flier (Aurelien Bednarek) who crashed in the African desert, was written during World War 2 and published in 1945. The story, of a young boy’s hope and love for his rose (Charlotte Kah), and three midget volcanos, on his little personalised planet, struck a nerve in the war fatigued French, and in our terms today, went viral. There is a sombre edge to depictions of power, avarice, science, drink and drugs, death (the Snake-Srilata Ray) for a European world that had been largely destroyed. 

(One need not ask if the depictions of adult shortcomings have any relevance to the city in which this production was staged. That is an entirely different plot.)

The Prince tames the Fox (Dylan Barone), the wildness in humanity, and sets up the possibility of peace on earth before he himself is killed by the snake. The image of the Prince and the fox shoulder to shoulder, staring at the night sky backs to audience, is a particularly memorable one – the earth and the heavens at peace.  

It is no wonder the story has been enjoyed by all ages – children and adults have found different levels of engagement in its apparently simple journey of fantasy. 

75 years after publication (in liberated France – it was available two years before in England), and 140 million sales and 300 translations later,  just when one might wonder if the legacy of The Little Prince might be waning, along comes thus production, and surprise, surprise, with of the moment technology at its disposal, this production proves the sheer embodiment of the original first edition – it as if this theatrical realisation was what the original book (script) intended.

Well known quotations, extolled so clearly at the shows’ end by the indefatigable narrator, resonate for all age groups and for all ages. 

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”

“Only children know what they are looking for.”

“It is the time you have wasted on your rose that makes your rose so important.”

“Tend your planet.”

One must add, that the producer knows their game, with complimentary (lavish) programs for all media (essential for media). The program is a publication in its own right, and worth purchase whatever it costs.

At interval from the Opera House balcony, the almost full moon breathed deep on the city to the east, after its fantasy show the night before. One could almost wave to life-force above, as stars seemed reflected in the dark waters in earth, and the epithelial arched tissues filtrated mysteries of the black sky it graced. And when the epiphany within had finished, and during applause, who was that quiet aged man in a jacket just up the row? Was he crying? There were children throughout the rows. To paraphrase the book, if a child comes to you (or an ageing author), send a word immediately that he has come back, bringing a tale of peace and hope for the earth when most needed. 

THE LITTLE PRINCE is playing the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House until Sunday 6th June 2021. The show runs for 110 minutes with one twenty minute interval.

http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com

 

 

 

 

NEXT CHAPTERS : UPLIFTING ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES – MAYBE I’M AMAZED

NEXT CHAPTERS. Pic Robert Catto

NEXT CHAPTERS : UPLIFTING ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES was a three-company collaboration presenting works by new and old composers. Willoughby Symphony’s  Artistic Director Nicolas Milton has combined the Orchestra, the Willoughby Symphony Choir and Legs on the Wall, the  much-loved physical theatre company, for this community event. 

The result was a crowding pleasing evening.  Conductor Sarah Penicka-Smith expertly held it all together, guiding the three companies  through the four works. The Concert Hall atmosphere was buzzing with children, teens and supporters. It fitted so well with the lively Saturday night atmosphere at the Chatswood Concourse. 

While waiting for the show to begin, one of the cellists waved from the stage to friends in the audience. The 39 Choristers opened the first piece with enthusiasm as the orchestra and choir performed Alice Chance’s new work ‘Holy Dreaming’. This short piece was commissioned by the Choir of Trinity College in Melbourne and is based on a ‘A Thanksgiving for Australia’ by Rev. Lenore Parker Continue reading NEXT CHAPTERS : UPLIFTING ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES – MAYBE I’M AMAZED

THE MAGIC OF THE LITTLE PRINCE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

‘The Little Prince’. Pic Philippe Hanula

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”

Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s much loved 1943 children’s book (Le Petit Prince), the extraordinary live event THE LITTLE PRINCE will be presented in the Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre from 26th May to 6th June in an Australian exclusive premiere.

THE LITTLE PRINCE is a stunning spectacular of circus, dance, aerial acrobatics and ground-breaking video mapping technology. It comes to the Opera House after sell-out seasons at Folies Bergère Paris in 2019 and Dubai Opera last year.

The highly immersive, grand-scale performance, brings to life the cosmic world of an aviator lost in the desert who meets the Little Prince on his journey from one planet to another in search of a sheep. An omnipresent narrator accompanies the Little Prince as he meets many magnificent characters who communicate harmoniously through dance, gesture and movement. Throughout his journey, THE LITTLE PRINCE explores themes of friendship, love, technological progress, consumption and the decay of modern society.

The story of THE LITTLE PRINCE remains a fixture of contemporary society as more than 75 years after its release, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s story remains one of the best-selling and most translated books ever published. It has been translated into over 300 languages and dialects, and has sold an estimated 140 million copies.

Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away to the Australian premiere of THE LITTLE PRINCE at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 26th May at 7pm. To enter the competition email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with THE LITTLE PRINCE PROMOTION in the subject heading. In the body of your email say who is your favourite character and why. The two winners will be advised by email.

https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/circus-and-magic/2021/the-little-prince.html

Production photography by Philippe Hanula

 

 

 

 

CIRCA’S ‘PEEPSHOW’ : NOT A LAS VEGAS EXTRAVAGANZA BUT AN EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE

This is not a Las Vegas extravaganza! It is, however, an exhilarating, often jaw-dropping, dynamic  performance by 8 very talented acrobats/gymnasts,  wonderful and imaginative choreography, a backdrop curtain out of which the artists emerge and depart like wraiths, a bare stage, save for a few props, intelligent and purposeful lighting, simple costumes [the minimum possible at times], well selected background music, and not a word spoken. The result- non-stop, thoroughly enjoyable entertainment!  Continue reading CIRCA’S ‘PEEPSHOW’ : NOT A LAS VEGAS EXTRAVAGANZA BUT AN EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL GIVES EVERYONE A FREE 60 MINUTE YOUTUBE SPECIAL

At Cirque du Soleil, we offer an escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of our shows.

Now more than ever, we want to do our little part to spread joy, even from afar, directly to your safe spaces.

Let us welcome you into our world where awe-inspiring show footage and fan favourite videos will transport you.

Just for you, from us. Enjoy this 60 minute YouTube special.

Follow this link ;-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ5eUJNXrMw

CIRQUE STRATOSPHERE SEASON EXTENDED

CIRQUE STRATOSPHERE had a media call to indicate that its season  had been extended till the 19th January at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Three acts were highlighted- the Russian Bar which was performed by Tymofii Chemko, Oleksii Balakhchy, Mykolia Mykytchyn, Straps performed by Marat Dash-Empilov, and the Wheel of Death performed by Luis Romero and Roy Miller.

On the basIs of the skill and daring of these three pieces alone, you should rush to see CIRQUE STRATOSPHERE before it concludes.

All pics by Ben Apfelbaum

 

 

CIRQUE STRATOSPHERE : AN OUT OF THIS WORLD PERFORMANCE

This was a memorable circus.show in any way you choose to look at it.

The conceit /premise for the show is  that it is running parallel to the 50th anniversary year fo the moon landing and the show is interspersed  with  Presidential. as we ell as  other recordings  made from the time.  The show comes close to its finale  with Armstrong taking the first steps on the moon.

This circus was an intoxicating recipe of  pulsating  music, exquisite physical agility and then some clowning around with plenty of audience participation.

There were many highlights. Here are just some of them. Submergence’s Nicholas-Yang Wang and Shengpeng Nie’s showcased some exceptional hoop diving  as they dived, jumped, twisted  and somersaulted their  way through and over hoops which  were increasingly  tacked on top of another as the degree of difficulty increased so did their focus. Continue reading CIRQUE STRATOSPHERE : AN OUT OF THIS WORLD PERFORMANCE

RED CARPET : CIRQUE DU SOLEIL : CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

There was almost as much action prior to the opening of Kurios outside the Big Top as there was on the inside. A quartet of aerialists danced across the outside of the grand chapiteaux including one wielding a double bass.

The first night attendees walked the red carpet amidst gushes of steam and a line of steam-punked  costumed poseurs. A group of TAFE students took the trouble to create dresses of the era, some reminiscent of  a Toulouse Lautrec painting. Many of the guests themselves were dressed in Victorian and Edwardian outfits and accompanying accessories. to add a bit of spice to the evening a bevy of drag queens  were on hand, perhaps to remind us  of the Weimar Republic in early 20th century German history.

Some of the costumed performers posed with the invited celebrities adding further splashed of colour to the evening. As a result  the audience was well and truly primed for an enthralling night’s entertainment.

Featured image Lisa Wilkinson. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL : KURIOS – CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

KURIOS seeks to evoke the era of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century Anglo European society. It was a time of great invention and creative imagination. Montgolfier had gone up in a hot air balloon and used a new devise called the camera to photograph aerial views. Frank Baum wrote the Wizard of Oz novels transporting readers to another world inhabited by strange creatures. Edgar Rice Burroughs created Tarzan. A man living in an exotic jungle inhabited by sentient animals. Thomas Edison’s light bulb and phonograph together with Marconi’s transmission of wireless sounds brought the world into nocturnal light and communicative sound. The Lumiere Brothers invented cinemas and terrified audiences when they filmed an oncoming train. HG Wells  wrote the time machine and all these inventions created an inexhaustible  appetite for amazement.

Nearly all these inventions were created on stage in clever and ingenious ways. An almost full size steam engine trundles onto the stage, a juggler balances a giant light bulb on his head, hand puppeteers are projected onto a Montgolfier balloon, a barking clown tries to attack a photograph. Aerialists fly  in the newly invented aeroplane, Klara can receive alpha waves through her telegraph of the invisible and all these plus much more emerge from  the alchemist scientist the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Continue reading CIRQUE DU SOLEIL : KURIOS – CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PREMIERES BY UNLOCKING ITS ‘KURIOS’ CABINET TONIGHT

All the Cirque Du Soleil’s have striking individual themes. KURIOS-CABINET OF CURIOSITIES  is particularly unusual compared to other Cirque shows which have visited Australia.

In the first place , there is a mini show which is an adjunct to the main show. Weather permitting visitors will be greeted by a trio of performers who have climbed on top of the Big Top while playing music and acting.

Furthermore, this circus is set at the turn of the 20th Century complete with vintage costumes and imagery inspired by Jules Verne’s illustrations and Georges Melies’ films, with everything being conceived and directed by  Michel Laprise. Continue reading CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PREMIERES BY UNLOCKING ITS ‘KURIOS’ CABINET TONIGHT

RAISING OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S BIG TOP

Despite its many appearances in Sydney, on this occasion media was invited to the raising of Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top. 

The amazing thing is that despite all the mechanisation and engineering advances, the Big Top had to be raised manually.

Accordingly, 60 technicians raised more than 100 metal poles in stages to complete the final step of building the roof of the grand chapiteau. In addition to the locally sourced labour, more than 30 Cirque Du Soleil specialists from Montreal will arrive to finalise any problems prior to the grand opening night.

Even after the raising of the Big Top there are another eight days of intensive labour before the public can be admitted.  Continue reading RAISING OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S BIG TOP

ZIRK! CIRCUS EXTENDED AGAIN TILL AUGUST 11 @ ENTERTAINMENT QUARTER

Sydney has fallen under the spell of ZIRK! CIRCUS – The Big Top Spectacular and due to huge demand, the season has been extended by an additional two weeks. The Sydney premiere season will now continue through to 11 August and no further extensions are possible. A brand-new global experience which thrilled audiences in South Africa and Singapore and had critics raving, ZIRK! CIRCUS is playing in a huge brand new Big Top in the Showring, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park until 11 August.

Eighteen awesome circus acts, all in Australia for the first time, feature in ZIRK! CIRCUS – The Big Top Spectacular. The best Russian acts are joined by gravity-defying, death-cheating, thrilling and spectacular circus stars from Cuba, Canada, the USA, Colombia and even a weird and wonderous contortionist from Dagestan. An awesome trampolinist, a jaw-dropping double, double wheel, a Russian master clown, a motorbike globe with a record-breaking seven riders hurtling around at breakneck speed, a Ringmaster who’s starred with America’s Ringling Brother Circus, and many more combine for ZIRK! CIRCUS. The show contains no animal acts.

“An absolutely stunning montage of skill, precision, dedication, and thrill-seeking that pays homage to the history and tradition of circus, whilst still maintaining relevance with a modern twist” – Theatre Travelss

“5 star show … It’s happening now before your eyes, and not on your device. Go see!!!” – Theatre Now

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ZIRK ! CIRCUS : THE BIG TOP SPECTACULAR

Roll Up, roll up the circus is in town. And it is a  mighty fine circus at that.

This Russian circus has something for everyone.

The circus starts off spectacularly with  a stunning trampoline act where the artists bounce off the trampoline onto a spectacular glass wall and then somersault down.

There’s a clown duo that the kids love. The duo twirl balls and play with hoops and like some of the acts there is some audience  participation.

There’s  a double giant wheel in  which performers walk  and also climb on top of and jump up and down. There are no safety nets in  case of any misjudgement.

There’s  an aerialist couple who do amazing midair acrobatics  with  ropes and with the guy’s strength the only thing keeping the woman safe.

Props both large and small keep going on and off the stage by the techies in black as the action keeps going.

Some people might feel a little squeamish watching the amazing contortionist from Dagestan,  who contorts his body in some stunning ways.

.In ‘Quick change transformations’ blink and you’ll miss the woman as she rapidly changes costumes inside a large  ‘bag’.

Juggling, hoop jumping,  some great acrobatics, daredevil motorcycle antics, all  the acts take place with the pulsating music of a live band.

There’s the guy who plays electric guitar riffs as he balances on top of an increasing number of cylinders  with the audience thinking that he is going to fall at any minute.

Summing up, I loved the Zirk! Circus. It’s a great two hours entertainment and particularly suited for the current school holidays.

ZIRK! CIRCUS : THE BIG TOP SPECTACULAR is playing the amazing and very comfortable Big Top at the Entertainment Quarter until 21 July, 2019. The season has now been extended another week and will now run until 28 July,

All pics by Ben Apfelbaum

 

 

 

 

 

ZIRK! CIRCUS – THE BIG TOP SPECTACULAR

To create this extravaganza producer Andrew Guild spent eight months seeking out and signing up the most entertaining acts on the international circus circuit. This show boasts artists coming from Canada, Turkey, Cuba, USA, Colombia, Russia and a jaw dropping contortionist from  Dagestan. Prior to arriving in Sydney for its premiere season, ZIRK! toured South Africa and  Singapore garnering rapturous reviews. 

Eschewing animal acts, this cavalcade of circus stars create eighteen action packed acts and in some cases death defying performances without a net! These include athletic trampolinists, juggling clowns, aerialists, and a motorbike globe with a record breaking seven riders hurtling around at thrilling and dangerous speeds.  Continue reading ZIRK! CIRCUS – THE BIG TOP SPECTACULAR

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ‘KURIOS CABINET OF CURIOSITIES’

Despite the fact that Cirque Du Soleil’s KURIOS doesn’t premiere in Sydney until the 2nd October at the Entertainment Quarter, the promoters arranged a media call today with two of its star performers in attendance in full costume and makeup.

Prior to ‘their reveal, Jeff Lovari, touring Communications Director gave a brief overview of Cirque Du Soleil’s history and status today .

It has its headquarters in Montreal, sprawled over five city blocks, and is the largest live entertainment company in the world.

As well as several permanent residencies in Las Vegas and Florida, Cirque Du Soleil has approximately 25 other circus shows on the go, which has enabled it over the years to have visited 60 countries.

Emphasising the employment of many local tradesmen (for example in the ten day construction of the Big Top), furthermore it did not use any grid electricity but only drew on Sydney’s water supply.

Julie De Simone, head of wardrobe, stressed the high maintenance needed to keep the costumes in sparkling and fresh condition and in good repair for each vigorous performance.       

The touring company itself has four seamstresses and draws on another four in each city that it visits.

The show itself owes much to the imagination of Jules Verne and the visual genius of pioneering French filmmaker Georges Melies.                  Continue reading CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ‘KURIOS CABINET OF CURIOSITIES’