Since crashing into existence three decades ago and turning everyone’s notions of circus upside down, Australia’s very own Circus Oz has spent the last two years wowing audiences across the globe. As a fitting salute to one of Australia’s greatest entertainment exports, this rambunctious troupe is finally being let loose on the stage of another great Australian entertainment icon: the Opera Theatre at Sydney Opera House.
From 26 May, Circus Oz will present a limited season of its spectacular new Laughing at Gravity show which recently played a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the New Victory Theatre in Times Square, New York.
Taking over a magnificent venue normally reserved for opera and ballet, Circus Oz is going to turn the Opera Theatre on its head with its unique brand of death-defying stunts and electrifying live music.
In announcing the premiere season, Rachel Healy, Director of Performing Arts, said today,
I’m thrilled that we’re able to present Australia’s best known circus under the best known big top in the world. The season of Circus Oz in the Opera Theatre will open up this glorious venue to a wider community that may have grown up with the building, but never had the chance to connect with the performances that happen inside.
As well as daredevil trapeze and aerial acts, Circus Oz entertains family members of all ages with its irreverent social satire and slapstick comedy. The show promises to present the Opera Theatre as it has never been seen before with acts including a singing stuntman who falls from the ceiling, edge-of-the-seat flying trapeze artists, feats of strength that have to be seen to be believed and a breath-taking blistering finale that engulfs the entire Opera Theatre stage in fire.
Circus Oz Artistic Director, Mike Finch, said,
We’ve got electric guitar duos playing up a storm, mad school kids hijacking the flying trapeze (think Angus Young and Chrissie Amphlett), our BMX bike has been stolen by Skull the Roadie, and Christa Hughes (aka KK Juggy from Machine Gun Fellatio) belts out some show-stopping songs including the massive pyro-finale.
For almost 30 years, Circus Oz has been setting the benchmark for circus arts around the world with its larrikin Aussie approach. The
Laughing at Gravity show is an opportunity to experience Circus Oz at its very best with its most physically skilful, exuberant and explosive show to date.
Tickets on sale Monday 16th April.
- Season: Saturday 26 May to Saturday 9 June
- Opening Night: Saturday, 26 May 7.30pm
- Show times: Wednesday to Sunday 7.30pm
- Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 1.30pm, Wednesday 6 June 11am
- Venue: Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House
- Tickets: Adults $75 / $65 / $59, conc $65 / $55 / $49, Children U15 $45 / $35 / $29
- Family Package – Pay for 2 adults & one child, and second child free
- Bookings: 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com or Ticketek :132 848 or ticketek.com.au