Cirque Africa in Lismore this weekend
CIRQUE Africa is a blockbuster based on modern circus acrobatic performances in a festive atmosphere dramatically transporting the audience to discover the other side of Africa in a two-hour one-of-a-kind show.
Winston Ruddle also know as Papa Africa the father of African Circus is a Zimbabwean born German citizen the founder, producer, and cirector of Cirque Africa.
He is also the first black African anywhere in the world to own, direct and produce a circus show in a big top circus tent.
Originally founded in Tanzania, Cirque Africa started as an underground acrobatic school in Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, in 2003, but has since grown to be home to many of Africa's most notable acrobatic circus acts including the now world renown The Amazing Hakuna Matata Acrobats.
Cirque Africa has trained more than 150 acrobats and dancers, 80% of which are Tanzanian, most of whom have gone on to have successful world class careers performing abroad in Circus Mama Africa, such as Andrea Heller and Mathias Hoffmanns, Afrika Afrika Super Circus, Palazzo Dinner Show, Franco Dragone KDO and The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams Macua, Hubert Schober and Winston Ruddle Mother Africa Circus in Germany.
Also part of the Cirque Africa crew were Alain Parchries' Cirkafrika in Paris, France, amongst various other productions.
For the first time, this extraordinary production will tour all over Australia, including a performance in Lismore this weekend.
This show will feature the world-renowned African troupe, consisting of 25 performing artists from six African countries including acrobats, dancers, percussionists, musicians and contortionists.
Highlighted with stunning colourful African costumes, high-energy knuckle-biting acrobatic acts, humorous comedy and vibrant dance routines, every act teamed with traditional and original modern music.
As Cirque Africa is a unique form of entertainment that is geared towards family members of all ages, Cirque Africa is primarily a visual show, and accordingly, language and cultural barriers will not pose a problem.
There are no live animals performing in the show and all acts are backed by a live band.
- At Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore, this Sunday from 6pm. $49-79 + booking fee from lismorecityhall.com.au.