“KOOZA” BRINGS THE CIRCUS TO TOWN

September 4, 2016

Cirque du Soleil Big Top

Cirque du Soleil’s latest production, “Kooza”, is currently wowing Sydney audiences with performances in their famous blue and yellow Big Top, at The Showring in the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

The Big Top stands 20 meters high and is 51 meters in diameter. The canvas for the tent and its eleven tunnels weighs approximately 5000 kilograms.

Paying homage to the traditions of circus, with a variety of spectacular acts including death defying acrobatics that make your heart pound, incredible contortionists who twist their bodies into positions that seem impossible as well as a variety of clown characters who have the audience laughing hysterically, especially the kids, this is a show the whole family will enjoy.

Sandra Tillman with Kooza guide

Sandra Tiltman with Kooza guide

Hula hoops and chairs are just two everyday items that the master performers use to take their acts to extreme heights

Cirque du Soleil’s unique music, performed live by their musicians and singers, adds another element of drama to the performance of every act.

The Big Top, which seats approximately 2,600 people, is very comfortable and provides good sight lines from every angle. The evening I went it was extremely cold outside but inside the Big Top was warm as toast.

Make sure you don’t miss seeing “Kooza”.

Sandra Tiltman

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRESENTS KOOZA

July 9, 2016

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Cirque du Soleil will arrive in Australia next month to present Kooza, a death defying, colourful homage to the traditions of circus. The national tour will begin in Sydney on 25 August 2016, where Kooza will be performed under the famous blue and yellow Big Top at The Showring in the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

Since its premiere in Montreal in 2007, Kooza has been seen by over 7 million people around the world and is currently delighting audiences in Santiago, Chile, where the season will wrap up on 31 July. The tonnes of equipment and over 1,000 costume pieces will then be loaded onto two 747s to make their way to Australia.

Cirque du Soleil_KOOZA_Photos Matt Beard Costumes Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt 2012 Cirque du Soleil_TeeterBoard_068_LRIn this eighth Big Top show to tour Australia, Cirque du Soleil rediscovers its origins with a return to the intimate and fundamental human elements of circus, combining thrilling acrobatic performances with the art of clowning. We follow “The Innocent” as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a comic kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out of the box surprises. Presented in a colorful mélange, Kooza springs open like a bejeweled toy box to capture the audience’s imagination.

The international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors will present heart stopping feats and laugh out loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats.

Kooza’s cast and crew represent twenty nationalities: Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, United States of America and United Kingdom.

From its beginnings in 1984 with a group of 20 street performers, Cirque du Soleil has grown into a major organisation based in Québec that provides high quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Kooza is a show the whole family will enjoy.

Sandra Tiltman

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS WITH “KOOZA”

April 18, 2016

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The ever popular Cirque Du Soleil will be returning to Sydney with an adrenaline rush of acrobatics when Kooza, their eighth big top show to tour Australia, premieres on 25 August 2016 for a limited engagement.

Cirque du Soleil will rediscover their origins with a return to the intimate and fundamental human elements of circus. Combining thrilling acrobatic performance with the art of clowning, Kooza follows “The Innocent” as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a comic kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out of the box surprises.

With an international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors presenting heart-stopping feats and comedic antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats, Kooza should appeal to the whole family.

DSC08058From its beginnings in 1984 with a group of 20 street performers, Cirque du Soleil has grown into a major organisation based in Québec that provides high quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil’s trademark blue and yellow big top housing the all new production, Kooza, will be pitched at The Showring in the Entertainment Quarter, at Moore Park, Sydney.

Brisbane – From 24 November 2016, Skygate Brisbane Airport (near DFO).

Melbourne – From 20 January 2017, Flemington Racecourse.

Perth season will be announced later in the year.

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S “TOTEM”

November 8, 2014

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Cirque du Soleil’s awe inspiring production of TOTEM has now opened in Sydney at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, where they have put up their trademark blue and yellow big top on the show ring.

Featuring a cast of 46 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers from around the globe, TOTEM is an uplifting array of athleticism, comedy, heartfelt emotions and surprising visual effects.

DSC04288Incredible acrobatic feats are a highlight of this production, along with the sensational costumes that are a signature of Cirque du Soleil. One of the best performances in the production are the troup of females riding atop very high unicycles who never miss a beat as they catch items in bowls attached to their heads. Quite breathtaking.

Adding to the excitement is “The Crystal Man” who drops down from the tent’s highest point and the two native American hoop dancers. Another mesmerising act was the visually beautiful trapeze duo who perform without a safety net.

Written and directed by multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, TOTEM traces the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond


AUDITION FOR 2014 CIRCUS DEGREE

August 7, 2013

Heather_credit Scott HoneMontreal based Cirque du Soleil shows have toured Australia over the last decade, bringing the joys of circus performance to a whole new audience.  Not forgetting Circus Oz and the more traditional circus troups which tour both town and country regions of Australia, such as Ashtons and Stardust, circus skills have become a popular artform.  Circus acts no longer perform only under “The Big Top” but can be found on stage in theatres, nightclubs and even cruise ships.

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is now inviting aspiring circus artists to submit their applications for entry into the 2014 Bachelor of Circus Arts course, with the opportunity to join the ranks of the acclaimed alumni who have passed through the Institute’s doors over the past 14 years.

If you see an Australian circus artist working today on the professional stage anywhere in the world, chances are they began their career by auditioning for the NICA Bachelor of Circus Arts course.

From 30 September 2013, NICA trainers will be holding auditions in Sydney for entry into the course in 2014.  Those with a flair for the physical and a desire for a challenge will have the opportunity to apply for this prestigious course.

The course is a great career opportunity for those with some background in physical training such as circus, sport, dance, physical theatre, gymnastics, acrobatics, martial arts, diving or trampoline and who dream of performing.

NICA is one of eight national arts training institutes and offers Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts.  The course is accredited by Swinburne University and training takes place in custom-built circus facilities on its Prahran campus.  Over 100 young people currently study at NICA’s internationally-recognised facility in Melbourne, with a determination to graduate with a degree and a competitive advantage that will help them perform at an elite level.

Entry into the three year Bachelor of Circus Arts Degree course in 2014 is by audition, interview and physiotherapy assessment.  Applicants must have completed Year 12 or equivalent to be eligible for this program and are required to apply for an audition via the NICA website at http://www.nica.com.au or by contacting NICA’s Student Administrator by email info@nica.com.au or on 03 9214 6537.

Applications close on 9 September 2013 and NICA Sydney Auditions are to be held on 30 September 2013 at Aerialize, Canterbury.

Sandra Tiltman 


HORSES STAR AT CAVALIA

May 25, 2013

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Forty-seven majestic horses are the stars of Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, which premiered last week in the 35 metre tall White Big Top on The Showring at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

The wide stage provides the horses plenty of space to gallop, and at times to roam completely free, as though they were in a meadow.

Throughout the performance, horses and artists interact in front of a constantly changing 60 metre wide digital projection screen.  The range of projected backdrops show the changing seasons, complete with Autumn leaves falling onto the stage as well as winter snow flakes.

Cavalia’s 47 horses, consisting of eleven different breeds from Canada, Europe, USA and Australia, include Spanish Purebred, Percheron, Lusitano, Warmblood and Quarter Horse.  During the show, I was amazed at their grace and astounded at the extraordinary feats these magnificent horses performed.

Created by Norman Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is a unique and lavish orchestration of the equestrian and performing arts.  The 37 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, musicians and a vocalist come from around the world. They provide the audience with an evening’s entertainment that will be enjoyed by all ages.

DSC00011The White Big Top’s terraced theatre style seating arrangement, provides good views of the stage to all 2,004 seats.  There’s no need to worry about winter chills as the White Big Top is air conditioned.

The Sydney season has been extended to 2 June 2013 so do not miss seeing this spectacular show.    Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond


CAVALIA – SOON FOR SYDNEY

April 28, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPreparations are well underway at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park for the Sydney season of Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, which opens on Wednesday, 15 May.

At the Entertainment Quarter’s Showring, Cavalia’s immense White Big Top, complete with fairytale spires, took only a short time to erect on Tuesday, despite being one of the world’s largest touring tents.

I watched in awe as one of the crew climbed the 35 metre tall mast to the top of the ten storeys high tent, to install the final flag, which is now fluttering atop the gleaming White Big Top.

Created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is a unique and lavish orchestration of the equestrian and performing arts.  The production stars 44 horses and 36 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and riders from around the world.

Cavalia’s White Big Top seats 2,004 people theatre style and accommodates a 50 metre wide stage, which has been created to provide the horses space to gallop, at times completely free, to express their grace, strength, and beauty.

I have heard from my friends in Brisbane who have seen Cavalia where it is currently playing, that you won’t need to be a equestrian expert to appreciate this wonderful show which the whole family will enjoy.

The Sydney season which premieres on 15 May has been extended to 2 June 2013.  Sandra Tiltman  

Photos: John Pond ©