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Melbourne - GenQ; Circus Oz - See It To Believe It

22nd June 2010

As previously reported, Australia's internationally acclaimed circus company, Circus Oz, has busily been preparing to bedazzle their hometown fans with a brand new show this June under the Big Top at Birrarung Marr. Melbourne fans are the first to feast their senses as the World Premiere of See It To Believe It leapt at the audience last Thursday night. And with school holidays just around the corner, it couldn't have come at a better time. Not that this is only a show that would appeal to young children. Combining all the elements required for a good time, See It To Believe It is an energised display of music, dance, comedy, nostalgia and oh yeah, don't forget the amazing feats of athleticism and skill!

Amongst this show's 'Steampunk' theme, expect to be treated to two hours of incredible energy and exciting new acts such as foot jugging, rola bola, double trapeze and Chinese pole, as well as delivering a few all-time favourites such as aerial straps, hoop diving, the group bike and teeterboard & vaulting.

Combining all the elements required for a good time, See It To Believe It is an energised display of music, dance, comedy, nostalgia and oh yeah, don't forget the amazing feats of athleticism and skill

Along with popular Circus Oz performers Luke Taylor, Jeremy Davies, Flip Kammerer, Paul O'Keeffe and Michael Ling, as well as musician Carl Polke, Circus Oz welcomed six stunningly talented new performers to Melbourne audiences, bringing with them a swag of new acts to leave everyone gasping in disbelief and splitting their sides.

I was enormously impressed with new addition Hazel Bock, a foot juggler extraordinaire who does things with her feet you never thought could be possible! If you thought juggling by hand was difficult enough, just wait until Hazel gets her 'feet' on a table!

Mason West and Rowan Heydon-White are two brilliant Australian acrobats who have been working regularly in New Zealand as multi-skilled circus performers for many years. Circus Oz must be very happy to have them, as they were two of the most talent performers, in my opinion. Rowan caught my eye the moment she lifted multiple cast members off the ground, with apparent ease. From that point on she demanded attention whenever she moved, her Aerial Straps and Aerial Tissu routines particularly impressive displays of strength, balance and acrobatic skill. And Mason's Rola Bola routine, accompanied by newby Percussionist Bec Matthews on the drums, was one of the most impressive and creative displays of balance I have ever seen.

As always, high-energy music is a crucial element in any Circus Oz performance and this show was certainly no different. The Big Top roof welcomed three new incredible musicians into the Circus Oz band. Ania Reynolds was Miss Many Hats as she switched seamlessly from instrument to instrument; the aforementioned Bec Matthews aka Bec Beat kept the pulsating rhythm behind the Steampunk theme; and the amazing vocalist Sarah Ward, well known in Melbourne for her involvement in the hip-hop cabaret act Sista She and the fierce and fragile cabaret performance outfit Yana Alana and tha Paranas, delivered her unique, clownish performance style to Circus Oz and was the main driver behind the humour in the show.

There is something for everyone in this latest offering from Circus Oz, not least of which, the opportunity to give back to the company that has given the Australian Circus community (and community in general) so much; This show marks the inaugural philanthropic Circus Oz fund, where the audience can dig deep and donate to the cause.

GenQ
Natalie Kalow