Sky’s the limit for Lu­mi­air

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AF­TER en­joy­ing a suc­cess­ful 12-show run un­der the Big Top at Broad­wa­ter Park­lands last year, Lu­mi­Air – A Cirque Ex­traor­di­naire re­turns to the stage – this time for a limited, eight-week sea­son in­doors at Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino.

Fea­tur­ing a cast of 40 in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralian ac­ro­bats, dancers, singers and cirque char­ac­ters, the show is brought to life with vi­brant colours and en­ergy.

Lu­mi­Air has been tweaked for the Jupiters’ sea­son, which opens tonight, with sev­eral new acts added. The show’s sto­ry­line re­mains the same, re­volv­ing around the bril­liant lead – Burleigh Heads beauty Lu­cia Car­bines – a con­tor­tion­ist and aeri­al­ist who plays a char­ac­ter called Di­a­mond.

Gold Coaster Sue Por­rett pro­duced Lu­mi­Air and the pro­duc­tion team and event crew are home-grown.

French aeri­al­ist Aure­lia Cats, one of the stars of the show, says au­di­ences will travel to an­other world.

‘‘They shouldn’t come ex­pect­ing any­thing, but come and let us make you dream for 90 min­utes,’’ she says. ‘‘We’ll make you for­get about your ev­ery­day prob­lems.’’ Cats says the tal­ented Lu­mi­Air per­form­ers are the best thing about the show.

‘‘The fact the young per­form­ers are multi-tal­ented and have such a won­der­ful love for this art form is my favourite part of the show,’’ she says.

Cats made her pro­fes­sional de­but in 1993 as a 14-year-old and has starred in shows around the world in­clud­ing Cirkus Scott in Swe­den; Cirque d’Hiver-Bouglione and Lido de Paris in France; TigerPalast in Ger­many and tour­ing show Cirque du Soleil.

From ac­ro­bat­ics to horse vault­ing, Cats is trained in ev­ery dis­ci­pline re­lated to the cir­cus.

‘‘I’ve been very lucky and have per­formed in many fan­tas­tic places from Europe to Africa to the US and now I’m here in Aus­tralia for the first time with Lu­mi­Air.’’

Cats says the one thing that’s stayed the same in her 20-yearca­reer is the con­nec­tion a per­former feels with the au­di­ence.

‘‘When you love what you do and show it on stage the pub­lic give it back to you,’’ she says.

Lu­mi­Air – A Cirque Ex­traor­di­naire plays Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino, Tues­days to Satur­days at 7.30pm, with mati­nees at 1pm Wed­nes­days, 3pm Satur­days and 4pm Sun­days, from to­mor­row.

Lu­mi­Air

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The Airess: cre­ator Sue Por­rett in­ter­view in Gold Coast Eye, in Satur­day’s Aure­lia Cats is one of the stars of Lu­mi­Air – A Cirque Ex­traor­di­naire

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