Cirque de la Symphonie in performance with KwaZulu-Natal and Cape philharmonics

Posted on: June 24, 2014

“The American company Cirque de la Symphonie has a unique artistic aim, namely to reach a fusion between colourful and spirited music and all the challenging, gravity defying acts for which the greatest amongst circus artists are known,” writes Paul Boekkooi in Tuesday’s (6/24) Star (South Africa). “Who could have thought that a company would, in a very unique way, conceptualise this combination of exciting and colourful orchestral sounds with the movements we see performed by highly qualified professional aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, dancers, and men with steel in their muscles? Cirque de la Symphonie, now nearly midway through their second visit to our shores, does just that with eight dedicated and super-fit former circus members. The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra will also be on the stage of the Joburg Theatre during next weekend’s performances, while this weekend’s ones at Grand West in Cape Town will feature the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra…. [At] their opening show in Durban’s Playhouse—with highly responsive and often an igniting level of musicianship by the KZNPO under the very precise and spontaneous leadership of maestro Theodore Kuchar … it was as if the individual performers often achieved a personal connection with the viewer.”

Posted June 24, 2014