[Theatre Bitches] - Cirque Infernal

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Sep 10, 20185m
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[Theatre Bitches] - Cirque Infernal
Sep 10 '185m
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GaySA Radio — Cirque Infernal, direct from Europe, is inspired by Federico Fellini, Wim Wenders and Tim Burton, promising to offer non-stop captivating entertainment with astonishing and death-defying acts. The show was created by Danny Varanne, who was previously seen in Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline as part of the motorbike act, presented at Joburg Theatre in 2012. Born and raised in a traditional family of performers, Danny started as a showman in his parent’s burlesque theatre in France from an early age. Along with his brothers, Danny started a motorcycle daredevil show. They toured the world and became internationally acclaimed for their skills. In 2012, Danny received two awards at the prestigious Festival International Du Cirque De Monte-Carlo, and an official Guinness World Record! His new show, Cirque Infernal, features some of the world’s top circus performers, and it certainly taints death during every performance. The story starts with a young tightrope walker who falls to his death during a performance. Death makes a deal with him in order to either spare his life or takes his life, the life of the other performers and that of the audience. What follows is a performance of mostly death-defying acts and displays of skill rarely seen in South Africa. The absolutely gorgeous Wilson Stey from France is the funambulist or tightrope walker. His ancestors have been walking the tightrope since the Middle Ages and at only 23 years old, he takes your breath away several times during the evening. The first is when he swings precariously on a 15-meter pole and barely avoids hitting part of the theatre roof. Later he crosses the tightrope on a unicycle going over the stage meters high up in the air without a safety net or harness. The danger of death is very real and the audience audibly gasped several times during this young man’s daredevil performance. Kudo’s to him for acknowledging the audience even during the riskiest of moments, precariously balancing on a chair on the high wire. Pro Sufi dancer Aurelia Baque is a native of Toulouse, France. She spent half a year in an Indian Ashram, learning and practising the daily the art of Sufi dancing. And boy can she twirl! How she doesn’t fall off the stage in a drunken daze beats me, just watching her had me dizzy after just a few short minutes. Even the classical ballet dancer in our midst watched with awe as Aurelia just kept on turning, turning, turning, until we thought ...

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