Mu­sic and mo­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Tanya MacNaughton

CIRQUE de la Sym­phonie has found its niche, col­lab­o­rat­ing with sym­phony or­ches­tras from around the world, fus­ing its cir­cus skills with live or­ches­tral mu­sic.

The Ge­or­gia-based com­pany con­sists of pro­fes­sional ac­ro­bats, aeri­al­ists, jug­glers, strong­men and con­tor­tion­ists from across the US who will visit Aus­tralia this month for shows in Mel­bourne, Adelaide and Perth, the lat­ter part­ner­ing with WASO.

WASO pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Natalie De Bi­asi, of West Perth, said the WASO pro­gram­ming de­part­ment had wanted to host Cirque de la Sym­phonie at Perth Con­cert Hall for some time and the stars fi­nally aligned for the 2016 sea­son.

“It got to the point where we were just wait­ing to line up a tour with the other Aus­tralian or­ches­tras,” De Bi­asi said.

“It’s such a big trip for them and we just had to wait for the domi­noes to stack up. We got three weeks in a row this month where we’re all free to do some­thing, so we jumped on it.”

De Bi­asi said WASO was for­tu­nate to have se­cured the com­pany and looked for­ward to the live Cirque de la Sym­phonie ex­pe­ri­ence.

“All of the artists have had huge ca­reers be­fore this and now tour ex­clu­sively with Cirque de la Sym­phonie,” she said.

“There are world record hold­ers and Olympians.

“Our or­ches­tral man­age­ment de­part­ment has been or­gan­is­ing cir­cus rig­ging at the top of Perth Con­cert Hall, which I don’t think has ever been done be­fore.

“It’s go­ing to be an in­cred­i­ble fu­sion of cir­cus artistry like you’d see in Cirque du Soleil or any of those tour­ing cir­cuses, but with a whole sym­phony or­ches­tra ac­com­pa­ny­ing it.

“The or­ches­tra will be play­ing pop­u­lar clas­sics, re­ally recog­nis­able tunes, and at the front of the or­ches­tra all these artists will be do­ing ab­so­lutely stun­ning cir­cus work.”

Cirque de la Sym­phonie in aerial ac­tion.

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