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Circus Oz collaborates with the best rock band in the world

17th November 2017

Artistic Director Rob Tannion is creating an original circus rock opera with Berlin’s Prince and Princess of art rock and Europop, Otto & Astrid from the band Die Roten Punkte, featuring the evocative physicality of Circus Oz acrobats.

Following a period of creative development, this December Circus Oz and Salvador Dinosaur will present a sneak peek preview season of The Strange and Spektakulär Lives of Otto & Astrid at the Meat Market in North Melbourne.

A wholly original rock opera, The Strange and Spektakulär Lives of Otto & Astrid traces the fantastical backstory of squabbling siblings and their turbulent rise to become the (self-proclaimed) best rock band in the world.

Amidst the rocking live music of Otto & Astrid, acrobats Matt Wilson, Kyle Raftery and April Dawson will join the dysfunctional duo to create a combination of characters, including bakers, a train driver, a golden angel, a tyrannical aunt and uncle, a tap dancing dog and bohemian revellers on the streets of Berlin.

The Strange and Spektakulär Lives of Otto & Astrid brings together a dynamic combination of expertise in physical comedy, original music, circus and ensemble performance all framed within Tannion’s striking visual theatrical style.

"We’ve been waiting our whole lives to make a rock opera with our songs and Circus Oz have helped us to take this dream to a whole new level with three of the bendiest people in Australia!” – Astrid Rot

“Preheat ideas to 200 degrees. Mix a large scoop of Otto & Astrid with a big dollop of Circus Oz acrobatics. Fold in original Die Roten Punkte rock’n’roll songs. Beat with humour, shadow puppetry and cheesy choreography until lumps appear. Sprinkle in some dramaturgical magic dust and pop it in the oven for six weeks. Remove the strange yet spectacular show with oven gloves. Glaze with lights and smoke. Taste test it at the Meat Market.” – Circus Oz Artistic Director Rob Tannion

Sneak peek preview season The Strange and Spektaculär Lives of Otto & Astrid
Dates 6 – 9 December 2017
Venue Meat Market
Location 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Tickets $30 – $35 + booking fee
Recommended 15 years +

Media enquiries Ben Starick | Starling Communications | 0411 029 393 |

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