Australian circus in town

2016-03-17 06:00
The human cannonball. Photo: supplied

The human cannonball. Photo: supplied

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THE Australian Circus Spectacular has been making waves around the country for all of the right reasons.

Offering a night of escapism and positivity, the show has gained thousands of super fans across South Africa, with one family even travelling 400 kilometers in one evening from the Karoo to Port Elizabeth just to see the spectacle.

Soon it will be Durban’s turn to experience AUSSIE.

The international cirque production will be showing at Crawford College, North Coast for the school holiday period from Friday 18 March until Sunday 3 April.

The show blends stunning cirque artistry and acrobatics on the ground and in the air with hilarious slapstick comedy, mysterious illusion and extreme stunts including FMX jumps, the splitting Globe of Death (a spherical cage in which four riders encircle each other and perform precarious tricks) and one of the world’s only surviving Human Cannonball acts.

AUSSIE marked its international debut at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town, performing to thousands over a limited weekend run of shows.

Among dignitaries, media, Capetonians, tourists, and celebrities, one of the most excited audience members was the Group Technical Events and Entertainment manager from Sun International, Gavin Taylor: “AUSSIE Circus is a modern circus that mixes up good doses of humour with death-defying acts. We were witness to all the drama and intensity of the technical skills required between man and machine, combined with amazing feats of human endurance, skill and strength. Audiences moved from having their hearts in their throats and fingers clutching the edge of their seats to moments of great big belly laughter.”

The production then moved onto its first Big Top Tent set-up in George - the hometown for returning Executive Producer, Sebastian Cassie, and Ringmistress, Meryl Cassie. The crew were given a traditional welcome at a heritage homestead in Pacaltsdorp, with representatives of the local communities present. The opening shows in George were packed, with an ecstatic crowd who demonstrated the regional city’s hunger for international events. Of the show’s short stopover, George Municipality’s mayoral office Marlene Viljoen, said:

“We had an amazing evening, it was incredible to see how talented your performers were. The evening far exceeded our expectations; this was no ordinary circus! Well done Aussie Stars”.

Durbanites can experience AUSSIE: The Australian Circus Spectacular at Crawford College, North Coast, in partnership with Sibaya and M-Net 101 for the Easter school holidays.

Tickets are R200-R400 for adults and R150-R350 for children under 14 years old and groups of 10 or more booking together. Infants seated on a parent’s lap do not require a ticket.

Tickets can be purchased online at Computicket, or in-store at Computicket outlets, Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper and House & Home stores.

Find out what everyone is talking about these school holidays and get in quick while tickets last for AUSSIE.

Follow the AUSSIE journey on Facebook (facebook.com/aussie.australiancircusspectacular) and on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @aussiecircus

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