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Spiegelworld presents ABSINTHE - Review

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by EricaL (subscribe)
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The cheekiest adult-only circus returns to Melbourne
America's cheekiest circus troupe returned to the Crown Rooftop in Melbourne this week, in what could possibly be the World of Spiegel's naughtiest show yet; ABSINTHE.

Spiegelworld presents ABSINTHE
Spiegelworld presents ABSINTHE


Taking inspiration from the absinthe-fuelled smokey cabarets of late-19th century Europe, Spiegelworld's ABSINTHE hosts an adult-only intimate circus performance combining burlesque, vaudeville and outrageous humour for a 21st century audience.

The 'filthy rich or just plain filthy' Gazillionaire alongside his scandalous sock-puppet wearing sidekick Penny Pibbets steal the show with their saucy slapstick commentating, introducing each act with sexually-suggestive humour and animated banter. Be prepared front row people; audience members are pulled to the stage to participate in suggestive antics, and that could be you.

There are some unusal acts that make up part of ABSINTHE such as Swedish Angie Sylvia stripping down to nothing more than a sparkly g-string and nipple tassels getting herself into a bubblegum-esque balloon, heading back to the stage later to eat fire while dressed in black burlesque attire and rocking to some heavy metal beats.

ABSINTHE BalloonStrip (front) ©Spiegelworld
ABSINTHE BalloonStrip (front) ©Spiegelworld


Ukrainian Chair Stacker Sasha reaches the top of his tower not far from the ceiling of the spiegeltent to balance without a flinch or a tumble, with fellow Ukrainian countrymen The Lost Souls making up the quartet muscle-set to present an impressive performance of extreme strength, precision and camaraderie.

ABSINTHE Banquine (hero) ©Spiegelworld
ABSINTHE Banquine (hero) ©Spiegelworld


The elegant aerial ballet duo Jacob and Maika from the USA perform a passionate act, floating high into the spiegeltent with poised lifts and spins above the audience.

Representing Mexico, the Los Dos Tacos men throw themselves across the horizontal bars, spinning and flipping just moments away from potential collision.

Polish performers Michal Nowosadko & Zbignew Sobierajsk take the ultimate hand balancing test working their unbelievable strength and control to strike unimaginable poses, and ABSINTHE finishes with the American Frat Pack trio taking to the heights of the High Wire in tuxedos, a bottle of Jack Daniels and a chair.

Spiegelworld once again pushes all boundaries with its sauciness, but lets not forget the ABSINTHE troupe are a strong and talented bunch gathered from all corners of the globe.

If you are offended by profanities, narcotic references and full front nudity, ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld might not be for you, but if don't mind a bit of saucy humour alongside top notch acrobatics, book yourself a ticket today.

Spiegelworld's ABSINTHE runs for approx 90mins, with no interval and is currently showing at the Rooftop at Crown until 17 May 2015 before moving onto Brisbane in June. Reserve your seat via ticketek.
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Why? It's funny, it's cheeky and it's filled with acrobatic talent
When: Sat 21 Mar to Sun 17 May 2015
Where: Rooftop at Crown Melbourne, Southbank
Cost: From $54 to $154
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