Since EMPIRE was last in Melbourne, several new artists have joined the cast. Contortionist Lucia Carbines has taken over the role of Miss A in a Bubble, performing the iconic aerial sphere act as well as a brand new, specially-created contortion act.
Growing up in Queensland, Carbines is the only Australian performer in the international cast. American singer Victoria Matlock has taken over the role of Miss Purple, while Ukrainians Vlad Ivashkin and Aiusha Khadzh Khamed are now performing the beautiful hand-to-hand adagio act in their roles as Carrot Man and Lime Green Lady.
Presented in Spiegelworld’s 700-seat antique spiegeltent, EMPIRE smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, reinventing the genres for a 21st century audience. Featuring the sexiest, most daring artists from across the globe, the show had its world premiere season in New York City during the summer of 2012, where it was the first tented show ever seen in Times Square.
Since EMPIRE opened its Australian tour in Sydney in January 2013, it has been seen by over 170,000 people around the country, with rave reviews, sold out performances and standing ovations.
Sydney’s SX Magazine said it was “Hedonistic, celebratory, death defying… these sexy and daring entertainers smash the boundaries of traditional vaudeville and circus fare to deliver a show that at times, will quite simply, take your breath away. Brash, irreverent, stupefying, Empire is a must see.”
EMPIRE was created by the Melbourne born and raised Ross Mollison with an all-star Australian creative team including director Terrence O’Connell (numerous Australian comedy greats at The Last Laugh in Melbourne through to Circus Oz), choreographer John ‘Cha Cha’ O’Connell (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby), and costume designer Angus Strathie (Academy Award for Moulin Rouge).
Spiegeltent – Rooftop at Crown, Whiteman Street, Southbank
Season: 11 March – 20 April 2014
For more information, visit: www.empireaustralia.com for details.
Image: Miss A in a Bubble by Mark Turner