Photos – Jordan Munns
Now that the craziness and excitement of Christmas has passed, are you looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this January? The world premiere production of Cirque Stratosphere, now playing in Melbourne, is the very definition of good ol' fashioned family entertainment.
Swap the big top for the splendid Hamer Hall, this show delivers two hours of truly extraordinary acts of human physicality – tumbling, twirling, twisting, spinning and, at times, literally flying through the air.
Taking inspiration from the events leading up to and culminating in man's first steps in the moon, Cirque Stratosphere is visually evocative of a world beyond our own. Lighting (Paul Smith) and costumes (James Browne) create an exciting celestial space.
Highlight performances range from Russian acts Trio Transcendent and The Rocketeers. How high can you fly only to land with such skill and precision? Contrasting with such high octane thrills is Australian Emma Dutton's elegant aerial hoop performance. Suspended high above the stage she effortlessly threads and weaves herself through, over and around her hoop. Something definitely not to be attempted at home!
And, just as Neil Armstrong stepping onto the surface of the moon was the realisation of the combined talents and vision of many, so too is the heart stopping final act. The Wheel of Death, as performed by the Flyers Valencia, will have you holding your breath in astonishment as these men take tumbling, twisting, spinning AND flying through the air to a whole other level!
Special mention to those members of the audience who embraced their opportunity to take to the stage. Skillfully directed by Clown (Salvador Salangsang), at points throughout the show they helped provide comic relief. Given a drumstick, a balloon or a space suit you too can become a crowd pleasing entertainer.
Given that our modern lives are so busy and family time so precious take a moment these school holidays to enjoy sometime together. Let Cirque Stratosphere catapult you into space and let you marvel at what we humans can achieve!
The Works Entertainment
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Dates: 3 – 11 January 2020
Bookings: 1300 182 183 | artscentremelbourne.com.au