The new and captivating production of ‘Cirque de la Symphonie’ will open at the Teatro at Montecasino for two shows only on August 17 and 18.
Brought to South Africa by Charl van Heyningen Enterprises, ‘Cirque de la Symphonie’ presents an evening of artistic entertainment performed by a troupe of the world’s finest circus performers whose graceful and sometimes death-defying movements will leave audiences spellbound.
‘Cirque de la Symphonie’ is set to contemporary and popular classical music, played by the esteemed Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of world-renowned conductor, Theodore Kuchar.
Hailed by critics and audiences in Europe, America and Australia, ‘Cirque de la Symphonie’ features an array of circus acts ranging from jugglers to strongmen, acrobats, aerial flyers and contortionists. Some of these performers are world record holders while others are Olympians or gold medal winners of international competitions. The highly acclaimed aerial gymnast, Christine Van Loo has performed at the Grammy Awards, the Winter Olympics and the Miss Universe pageant.
The unique concept of combining circus acts with “the classics” played by a full orchestra has been described by the USA’s Express Milwaukee as “the most exciting idea to hit the symphonic pops circuit”. Highlights include different excerpts from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, one complemented by ring juggler Vladimir Tsarkov and another by Alexander Streltsov with his spinning frame and cube; Wagner’s ‘Ride Of The Valkyries’, featuring Sagiv Ben Benyamin’s aerial rope work; and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Valse’ from ‘Swan Lake’, accompanied by the spectacular aerial gymnastics of Alexander Strelsov and Christine Van Loo.