A phenomenal fusion of artistry and excellent music

2014-06-16 00:00

Alexander Strectsov (co-founder and aerialist of Cirque de la Symphonie) leaps off Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday. Durban audiences gasped as 70 musicians of Durban’s outstanding KZN Philharmonic Orchestra performed classical favourites while the world’s leading circus artists danced in daring aerial artistry overhead — without a safety net.

Even the most jaded audience members gasped as the rich sounds of the orchestra combined with the magical cirque acrobatics to take their breaths away. The show is sweeping the world, bringing new audiences to the symphony orchestra and the great composers, whilst showcasing the brilliance of award-winning international cirque artists.

In the words of co-founder Alexander Streltsov (pictured), ‘We have to balance a full circus programme in the limited stage space shared with the orchestra, usually three metres downstage from the conductor’s podium, with rigging for aerialists, special lighting needs and other technical innovations not normally associated with a symphony concert. Our show is not about smoke and lights. It’s about artistry and excellent music and this has proved to be a phenomenal fusion.’

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