A group of kings, queens, music makers, dreamers, fakers and booty shakers are swooping in to dazzle audiences of all ages.
On the heels (and toes, arms and backs) of their hugely successful international tour across North America, Circus Oz is returning to the Pacific Northwest Feb. 5-8 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.
The company uses physical comedy, stunt-jumping acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, trapeze flying and cheeky impersonations to satirize “the rising tide of information, speed, consumerism, visual pollution, television, the ‘net’ and today’s manic fast-paced lifestyles,” according to a press release from the Seattle Theatre Group, which operates the Moore.
Set to music performed by Circus Oz’s live acrobatic band, the group’s newest show “But Wait… There’s More,” draws in audiences with its larger-than-life stunts.
Each show is co-created based on the ideas and unique skills of the cast, which are, “then woven into the core concept of the show, like layers of a collage,” said Mike Finch, Circus Oz’s artistic director.
As Australia’s circus community has ballooned, Finch and the other members of the directing team set it upon themselves to cast an equal number of men and women with various backgrounds and skills for the new show.
“With so many new artists joining our ensemble, we were excited about the explosion of ideas and creativity that emerged through the collaborative process,” he said.
Using those talents, including the show’s emcee, who interacts with the audience throughout, Circus Oz is able to make their editorial comment on the world and its constant need to be more, have more and do more.
“Individuals are contaminated, realities blur and the fatigue of resistance accumulates,” Finch said. “The commercial realities are determined to infiltrate. Everything needs to be faster, bigger, more dangerous and more ridiculous until more cannot be sustained.”
For information about Circus Oz or to purchase tickets, visit www.stgpresents.org.