The kaleidoscope of colour and the cavalcade of characters that is the spectacular production by The Great Moscow Circus is finally in Singapore for the first time in over a decade.
Located under the red-and-white big top on Bayfront Avenue, next to Marina Bay Sands, catch the stellar performance with more than 16 sensational acts featuring astounding performers from Russia and beyond.
For four weeks, gear up for a line up of death-defying aerial stunts, daredevil motorcyclists, crazy contortionist and the funniest clowns![caption id="attachment_37964" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Roll Up! Roll Up!
Led by ringmaster Stanislav Kynazkov, who happens to be an accomplished juggles and a very funny clown too. To keep the event lighthearted, master clown Dmitry Shindrov will pop in and out of the ring every now and then to get a few chuckles out of the crowd. Look out, he might just approach you in between acts![caption id="attachment_37955" align="aligncenter" width="3456"] Ring Master | Image Credit: The Great Moscow Circus[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_37956" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Master Clown | GIF Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Possibly the most dangerous act in the circus – aerialists Katya Rubtsova and Anton Markov will be suspended 14 metres above the red carpet ring, spinning and twisting in a glorious artistic display of gymnastic skills. This act is performed with absolutely no safety nets and wires as backup.
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Acrobatic highlights also includes a “fast track” troupe The Rubtsovs tumbling and leaping across the space is a whirlwind of non-stop acrobatic action.
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Weird, wonderful and totally amazing – look out for the Man In The Glass Box who is a crazy contortionist from Dagestan. Watch as he folds and twists his body in ways we never thought possible.[caption id="attachment_37960" align="aligncenter" width="4240"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
If you’re a fan of Britain’s Got Talent, you might be familiar with Sascha Williams‘ crazy balancing act that even wowed Simon Cowell. This nail-biting act will definitely put you on the edge of your seats.[caption id="attachment_37954" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GIF Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Just when you thought that’s all they have to offer, The Great Moscow Circus brings you to the biggest Globe of Death Motorcycle act to ever hit the shores. Cranking the noise level up a notch, five speeding motorcyclists will be trapped, circling around in the same steel globe.[caption id="attachment_37961" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GIF Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Also expect to see horizontal bar performers, a pair of quick change transformationists, trampoline stunt group, a double giant wheel that spins while carrying four acrobats and more.[caption id="attachment_37962" align="aligncenter" width="5760"] Image Credit: The Great Moscow Circus[/caption]
The circus doesn’t get much wilder than this. It’ll be pumped with danger, action, fun and comedy to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats!
The Great Moscow Circus
Venue: Under the mighty Big Top Bayfront Avenue, Beside Marina Bay Sands
Date: 25 October – 23 November 2018
Ticket Prices: $55 – $155 (Buy your tickets on SISTIC)
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Many of us have the impression that a circus is where you see contortionists, jugglers and tight-rope walkers doing stunts and tricks, and clowns goofing around with their silly antics; we think of it as a place for slapstick entertainment.
Last week, I caught Cirque du Soleil Kooza, and I realised just how wrong I was.[caption id="attachment_28376" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Big Top[/caption]
The latest addition to the world-famous theatrical producer Cirque du Soleil’s series, KOOZA, is back in Singapore.
Presented in the intimate setting of the iconic blue and yellow Big Top tents that sits beside Marina Bay Sands, KOOZA pays homage to Cirque du Soleil’s roots by combining thrilling acrobatic acts with the traditional art of clowning.
Inspired by the Sanskrit word “Koza”, which means “box”, “chest”, or “treasure”, the 140-minute show follows the journey of “The Innocent”, who opens the portal to a magical world through a mysterious box.
Portrayed by an endearing pyjamas-clad character, “The Innocent” took us through the acts, the whole time reflecting exactly how we felt as an audience – in awe of everything.[caption id="attachment_28389" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Beautiful Stage Set[/caption]
We were thoroughly impressed by the stunning stage props, seamless transitions, the dazzling lights that complemented the acts, the adorable antics of the clowns, and the incredible stunts by the performers.
The Hoops Manipulation was one of first to leave an impression.
While most of us can’t even handle one hula hoop, the performer showed off her exceptional balance and impressive dexterity, spinning up to seven hoops at once, and making it look effortless while at it!
It’s no exaggeration to say that she was one with the hoops as she glided around on the aerial hoop, changing poses quickly while still managing to look graceful while doing so.[caption id="attachment_28373" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Double Highwire[/caption]
Another highlight was the Double Highwire, which involved four nimble performers who not only demonstrated their remarkable ability to balance, but who also had to jump over one another, have a fencing match, and even cycle on a thin wire![caption id="attachment_28379" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: Cirque du Soleil[/caption]
The Skeleton Dance takes you to the craziness of the dark side with its choreography and flamboyant feather costumes. Pretty as it was, it served as a well-timed break (to us at least) as our hearts were racing from the intense acts happening back to back.[caption id="attachment_28374" align="aligncenter" width="768"] The Wheel of Death[/caption] [caption id="attachment_28381" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The Wheel of Death (Image Credit: Cirque du Soleil)[/caption]
Our favourite act of the night was undoubtedly the Wheel of Death.
As the name suggests, a small slip up on the wheel can send you plummeting to your death. Be prepared to have your breath taken away and your nerves at an all time high as you watch the brave duo tame the enormous spinning contraption.
Throughout the night, we were kept at the edge of our seats. The crazy stunts we saw had us raving through the intermission and at the end of the show. The live singer and band, as well as goofy antics by the adorable clowns made it that much more entertaining.
True to Cirque du Soleil’s mission to invoke imagination and evoke emotions, we left the show wondering how amazing it would be if we worked or lived in a circus. Whether you’re already a fan of Cirque du Soleil, or have never caught any or their shows, don’t miss KOOZA! You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll enjoy your experience!
DiscoverSG Pro-Tip: Visit the toilet before you head over to the Big Top, and head over early! You don’t want to squeeze with the crowd for both ticket collection and bag check at the entrance.
Cirque du Soleil KOOZA will be performing in Singapore until 20 August 2017. Tickets are still available so get your preferred seats before they’re gone. Ticket prices start from $61.50, with the top tiered VIP Rouge – First Row tickets starting at $318.
Cirque du Soleil Kooza
Address: Under the Big Top Tent, next to Marina Bay Sands
Date: 12 Jul – 27 Aug
Duration: Approx. 2 h 20 min (including 30min interval)
Purchase your tickets to Cirque du Soleil KOOZA here.
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