I’m a big fan of the theatre and other performance art and my visit to Spiegelworld was not a disappointment. The show, entitled EMPIRE,was SPECTACULAR !!
The venue itself, a 700 seat marquee, was fascinating. I’ve been in tents and I’ve been in theatres but this is the first semi-solid portable structure I’ve seen a show in. The entrance, flanked by stained glass windows, was a set of double doors opening directly into the main circular arena. Booths lines the walls below a continuous row of mirrors and coloured glass windows, small cocktail tables were set up for couples and the remainder of us sat in staggered rows on plain wooden chairs.
I sat in the front row with some trepidation knowing that the show involved audience participation.
The event runs for about 1 1/2 hours with no break and is a mix of somersaulting, acrobatics, slapstick and striptease, along with amazing balancing acts and some phenomenal music – played live. The stage is tiny and I was within arms length of it, the ambience is certainly intimate.
Looking up there are lights everywhere and because of the mirrored walls they reflect and reflect and reflect. Photos were permitted but no flash, hence the not-quite-so-great images here.
Here are a few pictures of some of the acts we saw but, quite honestly, I was so enthralled I forgot the camera most of the time. Anyway the performers were so fast-moving I couldn’t even get the camera into position.
On the right is a man juggling another man with his feet. I’m very happy with the camera effect.
Above: a very heavy steel-looking cylindrical ladder (what else could you call it?) which was maneuvered whilst performing numerous acrobatics. The camera has caught this part of the movement so well.
It was a brilliant evening, a sort of grown up version of Cirque du Soleil (with no set story) as it has one or two quite risqué parts. I haven’t gasped and laughed quite so much for a long, long time. Expensive and, as I love this type of thing, well worth the money.
An excellent way to have celebrated Australia Day.