Following sell-out seasons in Edinburgh, London, Berlin, the Sydney Opera House and the Brisbane Festival, the undisputed hit of the Adelaide Fringe, SOAP is set to make a splash in its Melbourne debut at MICF 2017 with its spectacular fusion of contemporary circus, comedy and cabaret – set in, on and around bathtubs.
Direct from Germany, SOAP presents some of the world’s finest acrobats in a dazzling range of water-soaked routines and brilliant displays of physicality, performed to an eclectic soundtrack including Sia, Goldfrapp, Tool, Ben Harper, The Beatles and live musical performances.
The performance delivers 70 minutes of genuine showmanship with seemingly effortless grace. From moments of divine beauty, a captivating gymnastic display on a bath ledge, to a humorous love story between two feet, SOAP has captivated the hearts of over 1.5 million people the world over.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, having premiered at Berlin’s Chamaeleon Theatre in January 2007, SOAP is steamy, funny and absolutely jaw-dropping but also entirely family friendly. Directed by Markus Pabst and Maximilian Rambaek, the company is as diverse as the audiences it has enthralled. Some of the artists have been with the company since inception, many for several years.
With German/ Canadian puppet artist Nicole Ratjen to performance artists Adem Endris from Ethiopia, Liudmila Nikolaeva from Russia, and German circus artist Moritz Haase. SOAP also features American performers Daniel Stern, aerial acrobat Lena Ries, and Soprano Jennifer Lindshield. Joining them on tour for the first time is Swiss performer Mario Español, who attended Berlin’s prestigious Acrobatic State School.
“Bath time has never been so funny, noisy, boisterous or bizarre….you’ll laugh, gasp, clap and cheer” – The Advertiser
Directors: Markus Pabst, Maximilian Rambaek Featuring: Adem Endris, Liudmila Nikolaeva, Lena Ries, Daniel Leo Stern, Mario Espanol, Moritz Haase, Jennifer Lindshield, Nicole Ratjen Designer: Daniele Drobny Lighting: Reinhard Bichsel Musical Arrangements: Tal Bashai Technical Director: Robert Dahkle
The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt Street Southbank
Season: 1 – 22 April 2017 (previews: 30 & 31 March)
For more information, visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au for details.
Image: SOAP – photo by Lutske Veenstra