Wednesday, 20 March 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

The circus is coming to town

In less than two weeks, Whitianga will be treated to four performances by the talented Circus Aotearoa.

A Raglan based company, Circus Aotearoa will be kicking off their 11th New Zealand-wide tour on the Coromandel, before making their way down south, aiming to perform in as many towns as possible.

Founded in 2008 as the first animal-free circus in New Zealand, Circus Aotearoa celebrates human talent at its finest. The show follows a circus/vaudeville format and takes place inside a traditional big top circus tent, in a ring with a ringmaster introducing the stars featuring in the performance.

One of Circus Aotearoa’s aims is to provide a place for graduates of New Zealand’s world-recognized circus school in Christchurch to learn and work. These dedicated and talented individuals are guided by Circus Aotearoa’s more experienced performers, all of whom have taken their talent worldwide before. 

Both Kiwi and Australian artists will be performing an astounding array of acts, just some of which include juggling, hula hooping, dance trapeze, clown routines, object manipulation and acrobatics. Suitable for all ages, most acts run between three and five minutes. Some of the humour is aimed at the adults in the audience with many visual jokes to entertain the little ones.

“We try for a show with broad appeal and I believe a circus should be about fun,” says veteran ringmaster, Damian Gordon. “It should be fun for the whole family as well as being awe inspiring, but not take itself too seriously. There are plenty of serious aspects to life, so we go for a bit of old-fashioned fun and escapism.”

It’s important to Circus Aotearoa to provide the children of today with an opportunity to enjoy a live and highly entertaining performance, so that they forget about screens and devices - even if only for 90 minutes.   

In an effort to keep the costs of seeing the show as affordable for families as possible, there is no merchandising, souvenirs or fried food to tempt the audience. Instead, simple half time snacks on offer include fresh popcorn, hand-rolled candy floss, drinks and lolly bags to keep the cravings at bay and fit the classic circus theme.

Circus Aotearoa will be performing at Mercury Bay Area School on Friday 18 January at 7:30pm, on Saturday 19 January at 11:00am and 7:30pm and on Sunday 20 January at 2:00pm. Tickets start at $18 for children and $23 for adults, with youngsters three years and younger free of charge. Family and group discounts are also available. The performance will run for 90 minutes, with an added 10 to 15-minute intermission. Bookings can be made on the Circus Aotearoa website (www.circusaotearoa.co.nz) or tickets can be purchased in person on the day of each show from 10:00am onwards.

With well over 2,500 successful performances throughout New Zealand over the last 10 years, Circus Aotearoa certainly knows what Kiwi families enjoy. For an exciting experience that will thrill and delight, this is certainly not a show to miss.

Pictured: Veteran ringmaster Damien Gordon (on the left) with some of the crew and cast of Circus Aotearoa.

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