I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
After a very successful season pre-Christmas the extraordinary Cirque Stratosphere is back at the Sydney Opera House for a very short stint (14-19 January). The amazing and at times -death-defying acts are truly stunning and the lighting and visual effects lift it to a whole new level; it is so much more than a circus. But be quick tickets will sell out very quickly, judging by its first season and also its current season in Melbourne.
The narratives woven through the performances are all about space and space exploration and while the stories appear separate at times, they work really well together and provide a framework for the performances. The acts becomes less of the normal circus acts, acrobats, gymnasts and so on, but more of a sophisticated show telling a story with high-level skills and imagination.
The skills, strength, power, bravery and energy that the performers bring to their acts are truly inspiring. At times they leave you holding your breath, exclaiming praises and wondering how humans are capable of such feats. Judging by the reaction of the people in the audience, we weren't the only ones to feel this way. Split-second timing is vital and was impeccable, made even more so incredulous by the fact that there are no safety ropes for the high aerial performances. With names like Hoop Diving, The Rocketeers, Galactus Gods, the Cosmonaut, the Orbiter and the Meteor Master, you know you are in for an evening of celestial and extra-celestial treats.
Cirque Stratosphere has humour and audience engagement too. As the next act is being set up The Host and The Cosmonaut give the audience a chance to relax and laugh after the tense moments of watching incredible performers do incredible things. The interaction with select audience members is light and fun so don't be scared if you get picked.
The show has appeal for everyone and would be suitable for children from about the age of 6-7 depending on the child of course, as it can be loud at times. The show lasts approximately 2 hours with a 20-minute interval. It is a truly wonderful experience that will make you think about the wonders that the human boy is capable of as shown by these masters of their art.