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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.

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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’

NOVEAU CIRQUE DE VIETNAM

You’ve got only tonight and tomorrow night to get to the Sydney Opera House to see the best circus-dance-music EVER!  The world-renowned Vietnamese Circus is in town and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Without the glitz and flashy costumes of Cirque du Soleil, it is a refreshing performance with the precision, imagination and joyfulness that is rare to the Sydney scene.

The Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam has performed at the Perth Festival to fabulous reviews.  It has been acclaimed around the world.

Olivia Anseel, head of SOH Contemporary Performance says “Prepare to witness a unique physical theatre and circus production, a dynamic and humorous spectacle full of joy and theatrical brilliance”.

There should be another word for this show.  It’s more than ‘circus’. It’s more an live music, acrobatics, beat boxing and story-telling.  It’s a visual feast with subtleties that embed in the heart, embrace the brain and beguile the spirit.  

Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam received standing ovations last night. Get yourself there tonight or tomorrow night (June 14 and 15) or miss out on something special.  Family friendly. Tickets from $39.

À Ố Làng Phố @ THE JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE

 

The joyous , playful and athletic À Ố Làng Phố is a truly entertaining and absorbing show. From the dramatic and sparsely lit opening to the extravagant dancing and singing finale this show is constantly entertaining.

As we entered the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House we saw on stage a collection of upturned Vietnamese circular woven boats and heard the sound of the sea. These picturesque boats are found along the coast of Vietnam and produce fond memories for visitors and locals. This was a promising introduction and the subsequent performance lived up to expectations. Continue reading À Ố Làng Phố @ THE JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE

THE REMARKABLE NOUVEAU CIRQUE DU VIETNAM

 

Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam performs À Ố Làng Phố at the Sydney Opera House June 12 to 15 and promises to be a mesmerising mix of circus, acrobatics, eclectic music, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual art. Reviews from around the world praise the circus. A dazzling array of aerial work, contortion and juggling; a spectacular blend of genres fusing physical theatre, dance and live music; a soundscape of traditional Vietnamese instruments mixed with hip-hop beats.                     Continue reading THE REMARKABLE NOUVEAU CIRQUE DU VIETNAM