|April 6, 2012|
2012 Hoopla Festival – highfliers in Sydney – but don’t try this at home!
- 6 April – 9 April 2012 (Easter long weekend)
- Darling Harbour Sydney
- Free outdoor performances
Ticketed shows inside the Hoopla Big Top circus tent (from $10)
Tiny Top and Castello sideshows $5
Hoopla’s program highlights:
A truly mesmerising performance by one of the world’s most renowned clowns Leandre Ribera – an award winning artist who has performed all over the globe during an impressive 25 year career. His show Demondes is a tragi-comedy told in classic clown language about three lost clowns who are cast out by a changing world. Come and experience a show unlike anything you’ve ever seen in Australia – it is a ‘must see’ of the Hoopla Festival.
The Chipolatas present ‘Gentlemen of the road’ (UK)
The Chipolatas will wow audiences with their unique and high-energy performance presenting unparalleled physical feats, high-octane circus skills, live squeezebox and break beats….and a touch of clog dancing! The Chipolatas come to Darling Harbour straight from sell-out seasons in the UK and Europe.
Begat Theater (France)
For the first time in Australia, France’s Begat Theater brings Hidden Stories to Hoopla Festival. Hidden Stories is a unique performance… an artistic event camouflaged in plain sight. The audience, wearing headphones, listen to the inner monologues of the passers-by and to follow them through the streets, as if inside their heads, deep in their private thoughts.
Gareth Jones (UK)
Do not try this at home…marvel as Gareth is manually wrapped in 100 metres of gladwrap and sealed from head to toe. With his life in the hands of the audience, laugh until your sides hurt as he attempts the seemingly impossible. A daring upgrade of the classic ‘escape’ show that is guaranteed to enthral and amaze.
Becky Hoops (Canada)
Becky Hoops will have her audience in stiches with her absurd characters and her many hula hoops.
The League of Sideshow Superstars
Fresh from the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, the League of Sideshow Superstars will shock, astound and inspire with their troupe of hardcore sideshow artists. These freakish performers combine high-skill circus routines with slick stunts to create the funniest and friendliest show for the whole family to enjoy. They’ll have you jumping in your seat and screaming for more!
Three Men in a Tub
Living on a crazy mobile contraption, Three Men in a Tub will lead you on a tragi-comedy ride of epic proportions! Keep your eyes out for the Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker as they tear around Darling Harbour creating chaos and hilarity.
The Little Red Trapeze Company – Ready for Takeoff
Soaring high above the ground, these daring acrobats will fly, flip and float through the air with incredible precision and timing. Beautiful acrobatic balancing, hilarious slapstick comedy and truly heart-stopping stunts combine to make a feast for the mind, body and soul that is simply unforgettable!
3 High Acrobatics
“Knock Off” (a hilarious send-up of renovation programs) is the new work by 3 High Acrobatics – a team of young graduates from the National Institute of Circus Arts. Audiences will be mesmerised by their amazing skills in acrobatics, stunt work, aerial apparatus, movement, comedy and music.
Ring of Fire
See the most talented street performers from around the world perform in a special cabaret of acts. This is not stuff you’ll see on the street so grab your ticket to Ring of Fire!
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