Standing ovations between every act and screams of delight made the Cirque de la Symphonie shows at two-sold out performances in Johannesburg over the weekend more like a rock concert, says Maestro Theodore Kuchar, who will conduct four shows from Friday to Sunday, August 23 to 25 in Cape Town at the Artscape Opera House.
“Keeping an eye on the performers while cueing the orchestra in sparkling gems from Tchaikovsky, Wagner and the Carmen Suite meant I could also watch the people in the front rows, who were mesmerised, eyes glued to the stage or above it.”
The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cirque de la Symphonie are partnering to provide an extravaganza of eight spectacular contortionists and aerial artists to Artscape.
Highlights include 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 (who has performed at the Grammy Awards, the Winter Olympics and the Miss Universe pageant).
* The performances are at Artscape Opera House are on Friday August 23 at 8pm; on Saturday August 24 at 2pm and 8pm; and on Sunday August 25 at 6pm. Tickets start at R190. Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial –A-Seat on 021 421 7695.
For more information, visit www.cpo.org.za.