EMPIRE Takes Over Canberra from Oct 10
After rave reviews, sold out performances and standing ovations in New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Spiegelworld will bring its all-new show EMPIRE to Canberra, pitching its opulent spiegeltent at Civic Square for a limited season from October 10 2013. Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Saturday August 17 through Ticketek and Canberra Ticketing.
EMPIRE smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, reinventing the genres for a 21st century audience and presenting 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.
The 700-seat antique spiegeltent, complete with bevelled mirrors, velvet-upholstered seating booths, a speak-easy style bar and the most intimate stage in town, will host the most jaw-dropping and outrageous night out you'll experience this year.
The Canberra season of EMPIRE follows spectacular engagements in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth that left audiences amazed and breathless. 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 on Pier 17, 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, now in its 20th sold-out month and recently extended through to 2015.
EMPIRE at Spiegelworld
From October 10 2013
Under the spiegeltent, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra (in front of Canberra Theatre Centre)
Performance Schedule: Tuesday - Thursday 8:00pm; Friday & Saturday 7:30pm & 9:30pm Sunday - 7:00pm
Tickets: Tue/Wed/Thu: $59.00 - $129.00* Fri/Sat/Sun: $69.00 - $149.00*. *A special VIP Ticket is available which includes seating in the front two rows, VIP entry and a complimentary beverage. Bookings: Ticketek - www.ticketek.com.au; Canberra Ticketing - www.canberraticketing.com.au or call 6275 2700. Tickets on sale 9AM Saturday August 17 2013. FB: https://www.facebok.com/EmpireOz; YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/spiegelworldtv.
DIRECTOR - Terence O'Connell
Since graduating from NIDA's Directors Course, Terence has staged some 150 productions in theatres, concert halls, circus tents, Comedy Clubs and cabaret rooms across Australia and internationally. For The Production Company at Melbourne's State Theatre, he has directed acclaimed versions of They're Playing Our Song, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Crazy For You, The King & I, 42nd Street and Kismet. His national touring productions include Steven Berkoff's Decadence, Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story, Kissing Frogs, The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, The Rocky Horror Show, Bouncers, Barmaids, I Only Want To Be With You- The Dusty Springfield Story, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Certified Male, Circus Oz, Busting Out, Dumped! and Minefields And Miniskirts-Australian Women And The Vietnam War. Terence has worked extensively as Guest Director/Artist In Residence at Singapore's LaSalle College Of The Arts, Ballarat University Arts Academy, National Theatre Drama School, Showfit and Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts. His 2012 projects include Motherhood-The Musical (National Tour) and Barassi (Athenaeum Theatre).