Spiegelworld – EMPIRE

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 !!

SpiegelworldThe 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.Stained glass window  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.Show booths

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.Looking up  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.

Girl in a ballAcrobaticsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 3 girls on the left were seriously strong and supple and had everyone gasping at their acrobatics

On the right is a man juggling another man with his feet.  I’m very happy with the camera effect.

GyroscopeAbove: balancing and moving a spinning gyroscope.

Revolving wheelAbove: 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.

Feather light!A feather was balanced on a palm frond…..then another…..then another…

Not so light now.…until there were twelve, getting longer and longer and heavier and heavier…

The feather is still there.….but the feather remained – while we held our breath.  Once it was removed the whole structure collapsed like a house of cards.

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.



About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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