Cirque Stratosphere lands in Melbourne!

From the creators of The Illusionists, Circus 1903, and Le Noir, CIRQUE STRATOSPHERE has tumbled its way into Melbourne’s orbit.

The Flyers Valencia | Photo by Jordan Munns

A brilliant night out for families these school holidays, the show is centred around a space theme, with acts truly out of this world. The show has already played a successful season at Sydney’s Opera House, and is currently playing at Hamer Hall before again returning to Sydney.

An exhibition of modernity, Cirque Stratosphere plays with the relationship between circus and technology, moving us away from the traditional big top tent and outdoor seating and instead, to a high-tech space odyssey. NASA broadcasts and announcements litter the show, a constant reminder of the space theme.

Salvador Salangsang’s clowning is a wonderful thread through the entire night, relieving the high tension of the death-defying acts.

With a fabulous variety of talent and skill on display, audiences can expect acts such as Tape Face (Steve Capps), The Orbiter (Anna Lewandowska) in an LED spinning cyr wheel, The Galactus Gods (Dmitry Makrushin and Oleg Bespalov) showing off incredible strength and balance, The Rocketeers (Denis Kibeno, Dmitrii Stepanov, and Nikolai Ermolaev) on a teeterboard, Trio Transcendent (Oleksii Balakhchy, Tymofii Chemko, and Mykola Mykytchyn) on the Russian Bar, the hoop-diving duo Submergence (Nicolas-Yang Wang and Shengpeng Nie), The Celestial Cyclone (Felice Aguilar) performing lyrical dancing and gymnastics, Supernova Straps (Marat Dashempilov) on the bungee straps, Lyra artist The Meteor Master (Emma Dutton), World Pole Sport champion Planetary Prodigy (Polina Volchek), and The Cosmonaut (Oleg Spigin) on the Washington Trapeze.

A standout performance was Duo Velocity (Evgenii Isaev and Natalia Korzhukova), a pair of rapturous rollerskaters who truly pushed the limits. Spinning on a very small platform, the pair contorted and twisted whilst moving at all times.

A personal highlight were the Flyers Valencia on the Wheel of Death – a circus act with a very jaded and dangerous past. Luis Romero and Roy Miller conquered the wheel, appearing like hamsters on a running wheel… but metres high in the air, running around the outsides, with no harnesses or helmets.

Not wanting to give too much away, the show truly left audiences on the edge of their seats. Cirque Stratosphere is a great night out of the whole family.

Cirque Stratosphere is playing at Hamer Hall, Melbourne, until January 11th.

Tickets and more information can be found at Arts Centre Melbourne’s website.

For tickets and more information on the return Sydney season, click here.

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator. She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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