Mother Africa circus brings special brand of entertainment to Brisbane
Contortionist Lazarus Kitu bends over backwards for Mother Africa circus at QPAC
. Picture: Jeff Camden Source: News Limited
May 14, 2014
AFRICAN circus Mother Africa made its 2014 Australian premiere at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre last night, with an upbeat, invigorating performance.
The show features 26 artists from nine African countries, performing a colourful display of traditional song and dance, acrobatics and amazing contortion acts.
Creator Winston Ruddle said he wanted to produce a show that cast Africa in a positive light.
“We try to show a different side of Africa, the joyful side,” he said.
Ruddle hunted talent from across the continent, giving some of Africa’s most talented performers the opportunity of a lifetime.
Arguably the most flexible man in the world, Lazarus Kitu was the sole contortionist chosen to join the circus.
“He was a street performer with a lot of talent, the only one I chose from 2000 auditioned because his talent is so unique,” Ruddle said.
The show is an entertaining mix of new content and crowd-pleasing favourites.
Mother Africa will play at QPAC until Saturday then, after touring other parts of the country, return next month.
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