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The Melba Spiegeltent - Herald Sun; Step right up for old-world Circus Oz wizardry
21st November 2014
THE start of a new Circus Oz show is usually signalled by the rise of the yellow big-top at Birrarung Marr.
But since moving to its new $15m home in Collingwood, the globetrotting company now has more spaces to play in.
For the first time, the ensemble will present a show on site in the Melba Spiegeltent, a smaller venue with the old-world feel of wooden floorboards, mirrors and stained-glass windows.
“There is a sense of danger as the performers are so close you can touch them,” associate director Debra Batton said.
The show, Close To The Bone, runs from December 11-21 and will present the company’s favourite routines, adjusted to the smaller space.
Acts will include acrobatics, aerial rings, ropes and the Chinese pole, as well as live music from the Circus Oz band. Joining the ensemble will be well-known circus artists Simon Yates and Jo-Ann Lancaster.
The 100-year-old Melba Spiegeltent was formerly based at Docklands and is now permanently at Circus Oz.
Photographer: Alex Coppel