WHEN: 11th March to 11th May 2014
WHERE: Crown Rooftop, Melbourne
COST: $49 to $129
AGE GROUP: Ages 15 and above
ACAPTA would like to thank the EMPIRE team for their generous contribution of two double passes to this season as part of our recent 2014 Membership Drive!
“A repeat viewing is more breathtaking than the first.” - Chris Hook, The Daily Telegraph
“EMPIRE is one of the sharpest shows in the circus/vaudeville genre. Seeing it again after its debut last year, I found myself more entertained, and more impressed.” – Jason Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald
Due to popular demand, Spiegelworld has announced that the hit show EMPIRE will extend its 2014 Melbourne season for a further three weeks.
EMPIRE’s spectacular artists will now entertain Melbourne from 11th March until 11th May 2014 in the beautiful spiegeltent pitched on the Rooftop at Crown. Tickets for the new shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday February 28 through Ticketek.
Presented in Spiegelworld’s 700-seat antique spiegeltent, 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.
Since EMPIRE by Spiegelworld opened its Australian tour in January this year, it has been seen by over 130,000 people around the country with rave reviews, sold out performances and standing ovations. Spiegelworld is delighted to announce that EMPIRE will return to the rooftop of Crown in Melbourne under the beautiful spiegeltent from March 11 2014.
The return Melbourne season of EMPIRE follows spectacular engagements in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide that left audiences amazed and breathless. The Brisbane Times said “the athleticism and audacity of Empire’s performers are a marvel. It’s now one of my picks for show of the year… the best sex of my life and I wasn’t even involved”. The West Australian recently described the show as “a thrilling, agile, contemporary circus, immaculately staged and precariously gripping for every one of its 90 minutes”. When Empire opened in Sydney, the Sun Herald awarded the show a rare“10/10”; while The Sydney Morning Herald described it as “the best show I’ve seen in years”.
EMPIRE is a 90-minute theatrobatic adventure performed by the greatest international talent ever assembled in one tent. The MCs, Oscar and Fanny, steer the show while an eccentric cast of characters help Oscar rebuild his empire; the seductive Gorilla Girls from Ukraine form perfectly balanced pyramids on top of each other and the Ethiopian foot juggler Black Flintstone throws and impossibly catches his brother Big Mac Boy on his feet.
Other performers include the Lime Green Lady and Carrot Man who beautifully and sensuously balance each other, the Half Naked Asian Dude Wearing Pigtails from Japan who is the world champion wheelmaster, rolling dangerously past the audience; Miss A in a Bubble contorts gracefully inside an aerial sphere and the 3D Graffiti Guy from Canada creates amazing structures, balanced entirely on a feather. Miss Purple is the resident vocalist and is backed by the Viking of 6th Avenue, Moondog.
To create EMPIRE, Spiegelworld Impresario Ross Mollison assembled a stellar Australian creative team of director Terence O’Connell (numerous Australian comedy greats at The Last Laugh in Melbourne through to Circus Oz), choreographer John ‘Cha Cha’ O’Connell (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby), and designer Angus Strathie (Academy Award for Moulin Rouge).
Spiegelworld first presented its annual summer season in New York City in 2006 on Pier 17 at South Street Seaport with acclaimed shows including Absinthe, La Vie, Gazillionaire’s Late Night Lounge and Desir. For the world premiere season of EMPIRE last year, Spiegelworld relocated to a premium vacant lot right in the heart of Broadway. Spiegelworld is also currently presenting Absinthe on the forecourt of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, which was recently extended through to 2016.
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