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



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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January 10, 2014

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Sydney theatre lovers are in for a unique experience with “Empire” now playing in the magnificent 700 seat antique Spiegeltent, complete with mirrored pillars and coloured cut glass windows, at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

Everyone gets a perfect view of the acts performing in the centre of the tent. Seating options available are raised booths around the walls of the Spiegeltent, with each comfortable booth providing seating for six on padded seats arranged round a table or alternatively, individual wooden chairs in the main body of the tent.

Suspended in a clear perspex bubble above the stage where she contorts, spins, and hangs upside-down, Miss A In A Bubble, performed a magical opening to the show.

EMPIRE _ 3D Graffiti Guy_Photo by Mike Emmett_IMG_1610Oscar and his wife Fanny, the hosts of the show, had everyone laughing during their performance of a hilarious quick change costume routine.  They were followed by three beautiful women, known as the Gorilla Girls, who form perfect pyramids by balancing on top of each other in increasingly unlikely positions.

Many other talented performers kept us entertained during the evening, but the standout act was the 3D Graffiti Guy who created a self-supporting structure balanced entirely on a single feather.

“Empire” smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, reinventing the genres for a 21st century audience. Featuring the sexiest, most daring artists from across the globe, the show had its world premiere season in New York City during the summer of 2012, where it was the first tented show ever seen in Times Square.

Spiegelworld is also currently presenting Absinthe on the forecourt of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, where it has played for almost three sold out years and has been extended through to 2016.

Running for 90 minutes without an interval at the Showring, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park until 16 February 2014, “Empire” is a show not to be missed

Performance Schedule:  Tuesday & Wednesday 7.30pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7.30pm & 9.30pm Sunday 7.00pm.

Sandra Tiltman 


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


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 ©