Empire The Show with a difference or two!
We went to Newcastle this weekend to see the show Empire. It is like a cross between Cirque Du Soleil and your local circus that comes to town. However one of its main points of difference is that it is really adult entertainment with a burlesque element to it and rather witty ribald jokes.
The performance takes place in a circus tent – well if you can call a circular, wood/tin structure of art deco type design complete with stained glass windows and bevelled mirrors, a tent.
We really enjoyed the skill of the performers on a very tiny stage which was not much more than double the size of our dining room table.
The first act was an incredibly supple lady in a glass bubble and the act finished with real bubbles filling the air as she descended to the ground. I do apologize for the poor quality of the photos, however this was the best my iPhone could manage while looking into the spot lights!
My favourite act was the last – an astounding feat of balance, skill and sheer mastery over the human body. A young man started with a pile of old palm frond type sticks in the centre of the stage. He began by picking up the shortest one and balancing a feather on the end of it.
Here is the second step….
And some minutes later, as the audience collectively held it’s breath …..
And to top it all off …..
Here he is standing up balancing the whole thing. He then balanced it all on one final stick and walked away from it. Lastly he blew the feather off and it all tumbled to the ground !!!!
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