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Cirque Africa REVIEW

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by EricaL (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Editor of: melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Published June 24th 2015
Africa's finest circus talent in an Australian big top tent
Cirque Africa opened in Melbourne last night, leaving the audience completely in awe of the African continent's finest circus artists.

"The Greatest Show from Africa" presents the best circus talent in a show that draws influence from Tanzania and also represents musical cultures of Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gambia and Zimbabwe. Performing in Australia for the first time, the Cirque Africa troupe are here to stay for a little while, touring the country for a whole two years before heading to New Zealand for a third year away from home.

Cirque Africa
Cirque Africa


Cirque Africa is produced and directed by Papa Africa aka Winston Ruddle; the first black African anywhere in the world to own, direct and produce a circus show in a big top circus tent. The Australian tour being the first time the African troupe have performed under the big top, anywhere.

Under the guidance of Papa Africa, 38 highly-skilled performers fare exceptionally well under the big top, proving that Cirque Africa is far from amateur, and in many ways blows other circus productions out of the water.

Cirque Africa
Cirque Africa


Perhaps it is the combination of a live band filling the big top with African beats, the collection of colourful animal print costumes, the radiance and enthusiasm of every performing artist, or the jaw-dropping astonishment at what the human body can do, all of the above make for a bumper-packed show that ends with the audience on their feet in standing ovation.

A few that make up Cirque Africa's talent pool include an incredible stilt walker from the Ivory Coast, a foot juggling Tanzanian dancer spinning a table with her feet, a Tanzanian tumbling team defying gravity with their human pyramid, a young Ethiopian spun into the air by the feet of his performing partner, and two extraordinary contortionists that must be seen to be believed.

Defying gravity with the Human Pyramid
Defying gravity with the Human Pyramid


A circus is no fun without a clown, and Cirque Africa breaks up 90 minutes worth of fast packed acrobatics with a traditional red nosed funny man complete with floppy clown shoes; watch out people seated in the first few rows.

In Cirque Africa's sensational show, there is not one single act that fares less than others, and it is very hard to pick a favourite considering each act pushes the circus boundaries further than you would imagine. Cirque Africa transports Australian audiences to Africa in a performance from the heart that is an absolutely joy to watch.

Book tickets HERE to see Cirque Africa via TicketTek, with seats ranging in price starting from approximately $30.

Cirque Africa is performing at The Burnley Oval, Richmond until 19 July before moving onto Lyndhurst, Burnside and onto Geelong Showground in December 2015. In 2016, Cirque Africa will journey on to wow audiences in WA.
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Why? A circus performance from the heart
When: 24 Jun to 19 July 2015 (Richmond), 24 July to 23 Aug 2015 (Lyndhurst), 28 Aug to 13 Sept 2015 (Burnside)
Phone: 0395 118 471
Where: Richmond followed by Lyndhurst, Burnside and Geelong
Cost: From $30
Your Comment
That looks so amazing. Do you know if they will be coming to Queensland?
I bet the big band with African beats would really "drum up" some atmsphere!
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 1577 days ago
I took my boys to see Cirque Africa it was AMAZING 11/10 my youngest son Jonathan was chosen to take part in one of the acts he had lots of FUN thank you for such a great enjoyable time! Loved every minute of it very cultural loved the music!! I hope that you will tour again in Melbourne 😀
by chris (score: 0|5) 1574 days ago
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