Originating in Russia, Splash Circus is a circus concept that has become popular over the last 19 years. The show combines all the elements of Circus that family audiences have loved for generations, but now with a modern twist.
There was a bit of a media murmur following the official opening, and the media can sometimes be quite harsh. Some of the stars of the show were unable to get their visa’s to come out to SA, and local performance artists stepped up to keep the show running – however audiences were not happy and caused quite a stir.
The organisers chose to (wisely, I feel) put the show on hold, and are now happy to announce the arrival of the remaining international acts, and Splash Circus is back on stage at The Globe at Silverstar Casino, with performances continuing until this Sunday 17 September.
The first half of the show is presented in a circus ring environment allowing traditional acts needing a larger space to perform and making full use of the circus ring. Added to the traditional setting is the use of video projections and lasers, offering a new twist to the traditional circus.
Local Producer Matthew Cook explains “Act 1 of the show makes use of a full circus ring, this allows us to have acts like the High Bar which includes Olympic Gymnast Luiza Galiulina from Uzbekistan and the Espanas from Brazil with their incredible Russian Swing which launches the brothers high into the air and across the ring, a firm favourite with the audiences”.
Included in the first act of the show is also the fun and entertaining antics of a 6th Generation Clown from Mexico, Mingo. Mingo has a lively and interactive rapport with the family audiences and his acts involve lots of participation and engagement that the children especially, love.
Duo Polonsky, who are identical twins from Ukraine, present their Hand Balance and Strength act which has been seen all over the world and has been presented on the stage of Cirque du Soleil and who never cease to amaze the audiences that watch them.
The second act of the show unveils a 10-metre pool of water, having transformed from the stage during interval, with fountains where the artists perform around a setting that offers a distinctive twist to the regular circus setting.
The Aerial acts performing above the water and at times surrounded by falling rain, are enhanced by the dazzling lazer display and video projections.
These aerial acts include the Spanish Rope, Aerial Hammock and Lira – all of which are circus favourites and will have onlookers gasp in amazement.
The audience is left spellbound at the Finale as the incredible Espanas from Brazil perform the death-defying Wheel of Death where they spin 10m above the audience while running on the outer-side of the wheel and attempt to do this whilst skipping and while blindfolded.
This circus is totally free of animals and showcases the extreme talent and capabilities of the human body in an action-packed show presented around the custom-built pool ensuring a truly memorable audience experience.
Performances are Thursdays & Fridays at 20h00, Saturdays at 11h00, 15h00 and 19h00, Sundays at 11h00 and 15h00.
Ticket prices range from R100 – R375 and bookings are through Computicket at www.computicket.com or by calling 0861 915 8000.
No children under 2 will be allowed into the auditorium and most especially no babes in arms.