Circus

ZIRK! RUSSIA’S BIG TOP CIRCUS SPECTACULAR : ONE DOUBLE PASS

In association with the Russian State Circus Company and Moscow’s Nikulin Circus, Australian producers, Andrew Guild and Simon Bryce (Theatre Tours International), are delighted to present in Australia ZIRK! – Russia’s Big Top Circus Spectacular, a brand-new global experience which thrilled audiences in South Africa and Singapore, and had critics raving.

Producer Andrew Guild has a 50-year association with Russian circus and spent eight-months combing the world seeking-out and signing-up the best acts on the international circus circuit.        Continue reading ZIRK! RUSSIA’S BIG TOP CIRCUS SPECTACULAR : ONE DOUBLE PASS

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL COMING TO SYDNEY IN OCTOBER

 Cirque du Soleil will return to Australia from October this year with its most acclaimed touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™.  KURIOS will premiere under their Signature Big Top on 2 October 2019 in Sydney at Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.  Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible.  In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed.

Tickets for Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are available for purchase to the general public beginning Monday 18 March at 9am by visitingcirquedusoleil.com/kurios or by calling 1800 036 685. Pre-sale waitlists for Adelaide and Perth will begin accepting registrations on Monday 18 March at 9am by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios.

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities had its world premiere in Montréal April 2014 and since its debut, the critics have been raving across North America: “It is not to be missed on any account,” said Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune.  “KURIOS is the most enthralling, consistently over-the-top magical show Cirque du Soleil has sent our way in a long time,” raved Robert Hurwitt in The San Francisco Chronicle.  “KURIOS is the most joyous piece of theater I’ve seen in years and it will lift your spirits to the stars,” said Richard Ouzounian in The Toronto Star.  And Misha Berson in The Seattle Times raved, “KURIOS thrills in a splendidly captivating new show.”  The Los Angeles Times made it a Critic’s Choice.

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BLANC DE BLANC ENCORE : CIRCUS CABARET EXTRAORDINAIRE

Sydney Opera House is promoting contemporary performance by daring young storytellers that is both bold and entertaining, Its most recent showcases included The Illusionists the Tony award winning In The Heights.  BLANC DE BLANC ENCORE now joins this modern milieu.

This brand news cabaret spectacle from Strut and Fret follows their productions of Blanc De Blanc 2016 and Cantina. 

A blend of Moulin Rouge french glamour, naughty humour, aerials, acrobatics and classic songs make the time spent at this cabaret circus fly by. Continue reading BLANC DE BLANC ENCORE : CIRCUS CABARET EXTRAORDINAIRE

ROCK BANG – THUMPIN’ GOOD ROCK CIRCUS

ROCK BANG
Photo Credit: Prudence Upton

Last night’s audience certainly loved it.  ROCK BANG is sure to be a huge hit during the Sydney Festival.  Circus pings all the pleasure spots and nothing pleases like Circus Oz who have been leaping flying tumbling innovators for over 40 years.  This time though they have enlisted the high energy of Otto & Astrid from Die Roten Punkte and created a boisterous, rockin show which definitely needs categorising under not-as-we-know-it-circus!

Opening with a thumping rock number live and an aerial ring swing over the front rows, the show hits momentum quickly.  The characters of Otto and Astrid are funny and silly and very, very dark as they share their origin story.  German brother and sister to all intents, let’s just gloss over the Flowers in the Attic-ness, they will tell a sad tale of loss (bus or lion) then success as a punk band.  Kick ass drums and squealing guitar!  And stowaways to Australia in a Circus Oz trunk. Continue reading ROCK BANG – THUMPIN’ GOOD ROCK CIRCUS

THE ILLUSIONISTS: DIRECT FROM BROADWAY TO THE OPERA HOUSE

The Daredevil

This year, THE ILLUSIONISTS: DIRECT FROM BROADWAY will continue to redefine magic and challenge audience expectations with large-scale stunts, levitation, mindreading, disappearance and daredevilry. This non-stop show is thrilling and sophisticated magic at its best, led by eight of the world’s most talented magicians and artists:                                                Continue reading THE ILLUSIONISTS: DIRECT FROM BROADWAY TO THE OPERA HOUSE

AN INTERVIEW WITH HEAD OF CIRCUS STUDIES AT NICA

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), is undertaking a nationwide audition roadshow in search of Australia’s future circus stars. Head of Circus Studies, James Brown with Vocational Education Coordinator Tegan Carmichael leads the audition search and we had the chance to talk to James before he set off on the national search for the next generation of circus artists.

SAG:  Where are you headed with this roadshow?

JAMES:  Most major cities, we like to hunt out the best talent that we can train with. So Sydney Adelaide, Perth and here in Melbourne where we had a pre-audition workshop. We held that last month and it’s a great opportunity to people who were not that familiar with the audition process.  We took them through what to expect on the day and an insight into what they need to prepare for, both physically and artistically. Continue reading AN INTERVIEW WITH HEAD OF CIRCUS STUDIES AT NICA

NICA LOOKING FOR OUR FUTURE CIRCUS STARS

Australia’s premier circus arts organisation, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), is undertaking a nationwide audition roadshow in search of Australia’s future circus stars. 

As the only national arts training institute to offer a Bachelor of Circus Arts, positions at NICA are highly sought after and attract Australia’s most talented, physically gifted and creative young performers.  NICA graduates have joined nationally and internationally acclaimed companies including Cirque du Soleil, Dragone (China), Cavalia (Canada), NoFit State Circus (United Kingdom) alongside Australia’s Circa, Circus Oz and Carnival Australia.

“Naturally we are seeking emerging circus artists but our hunt is quite broad, extending to dancers, gymnasts, martial artists, theatre students, trickers, parkour enthusiasts, BMX riders and more.  If you are highly focused and wish to make a career out of your skills, we invite you to obtain a degree in elite, contemporary circus arts training,” said NICA’s Head of Circus Studies, James Brown who leads the audition search. Continue reading NICA LOOKING FOR OUR FUTURE CIRCUS STARS

BACKBONE: RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

Adelaide-based Gravity & Other Myths is directed by Darcy Grant and stuns in their new show BACKBONE at Riverside Theatres Parramatta, a mesmerizing blend of physical theatre/circus /acrobatics . It is a virtuoso performance of rigorous discipline , super-elite physical acrobatics . The company has been previously nominated for Helpmann awards. Continue reading BACKBONE: RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE @ CARRIAGEWORKS

Production photos by Prudence Upton.

It’s not for everyone, but maybe it should be. This chow is a symphony of sophisticated naivety, slapstick with a bitch slap, a carnival of two, the accomplished performance artists, Jo-Ann Lancaster and Simon Yates.

These two are the founders of Acrobat, pioneers of circus performance for the past score years and more, and IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE is their latest offering for everyone, even though it’s not for them. Continue reading IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE @ CARRIAGEWORKS

MODEL CITIZENS: CIRCUS OZ UNDER THE BIG TOP PARRAMATTA

MODEL CITIZENS: The latest wonderful production from Circus Oz, the first production for the company by new artistic director Rob Tannion and celebrating 40 marvellous years, started the 2018 Sydney Festival with a bang. Continue reading MODEL CITIZENS: CIRCUS OZ UNDER THE BIG TOP PARRAMATTA

THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS: Gothic Cabaret

The Carnival of Lost Souls

Dare to enter the dark and magical world of a 19th century circus as THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS arrives in Sydney after leaving a dizzying path of mystery and mayhem for audiences along the way.

 Nestled somewhere between the madness of a Tim Burton psychosis and the darkness of a David Lynch nightmare, THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS tells the tragic tale of unrequited love & loss set amongst the splendour of a Victorian-era circus.

Featuring some of Australia’s best physical entertainers, musicians & singers, this uniquely original “circus noir” spectacle delivers a twisted bent on the familiar Circus, Musical Theatre and Cabaret stage genres.  Backed by a highly emotive and original live music score by Platonic, audiences are taken on a brooding and mystical journey into the dark heart of a vintage circus fraternity where nothing is as it seems.

Written and produced by Graham Coupland, founder of Australia’s popular GANGSTER’S BALL,THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS is a lavish production that showcases a breathtaking mix of performances from world‐class acrobats, aerial artists, illusionists and carnival characters, all whilst telling a tale of desire and betrayal under the classic Big Top.

Combined with Victorian Gothic and Steampunk-inspired costuming and stage design, a magical world comes alive where the line between life and death, real and unreal, is truly blurred.

THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS will play at the Seymour Centre 16-18 November.  To be in the running to win one of 2 free double passes email your details to editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com using LOST SOULS COMP as the subject by 6pm Thursday November 2nd.  Only winners will be notified.

For details about THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS : https://www.carnivaloflostsouls.com/

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