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Joburg Theatre gets an adrenaline rush

Motorbikes being ridden upside down at speeds of up to 65km/h in the Globe of Death: contortion artists and the Wheel of Destiny are just some of the acts you will see the Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline show, coming to the Joburg Theatre next month.

Le Grand Cirque returns to Joburg Theatre with a brand new, turbo-charged show featuring some of the most extreme acts in the world. Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline is a jaw-dropping visual feast of the most dangerous, entertaining and thrilling Cirque acts combined with physical comedy routines and feats of skill and agility.

Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline will open on the stage of The Mandela at Joburg Theatre on May 23rd for four weeks only, until 17 June 2012.

Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline recently received rave reviews in its world premiere at Australia’s Sydney Opera House in its sold out season there. The Sydney Morning Herald declared ‘it defies gravity and belief’, while the Daily Telegraph wrote, ‘prepare to laugh yourself silly, gasp in awe and cringe in white-knuckled fear’.

‚This is a brand-new show focusing on the fastest, highest, most thrilling and unusual acts on earth,‚ says producer Simon Painter from the United States. ‚We have created a testosterone-filled event that really pushes the boundaries of human potential.‚

Featuring a hand-picked cast of 35 extreme athletes from around the world – including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Britain and the USA – Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline will capture the imagination of the entire family.

Witness the nail-biting Globe of Death performed by the French and Columbian team and directed by Danny Varanne. Three extreme athletes ride upside down on motorbikes and at speeds in excess of 65 km an hour inside of a 16-feet steel Globe cage. The Globe of Death is one of the most thrilling acts ever performed and its danger cannot be understated.

Marvel as identical twins bend their bodies in incredible feats of physical plasticity in Barrel Contortion.

Gasp as one of the world’s greatest aerial artists, Russia’s Petru Vasiachi, shows off his amazing strength and agility in Extreme Aerial Straps.

And of course no adrenaline-based show would be complete without the perilous and heart-pounding Wheel of Destiny: The most dangerous act ever to be performed in the world and now for the first time on a theatre stage in Africa! The version in Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline is a 35-feet high steel pendulum with two cages at either end and is performed by two of the best Brazilian circus artists in the world, Martin and Visan Espana. With no safety wires, crash mats or other safety apparatus, the Espanas will perform on the inside and outside of the wheel – even with blind folds and a skipping rope!

‚This show is designed to entertain, with the most incredible performers on earth and some of the greatest production elements you’ll ever see in an intimate theatre,‚ says Bernard Jay, Joburg Theatre’s CEO. ‚We want everyone who sees the show just to have a great night out. With comfortable seats, great sight-lines and affordable ticket prices, this is Cirque where you love to see it.‚

Tickets for Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline are available from R190 and are on sale now exclusively by visiting or calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.

Shows are at fromTuesdays to Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and on Sundays at 2pm and 6pm.

Discounted rates for groups of ten or more are available by calling the theatre’s ticketing office on (011) 877 6853/4.

Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline is presented in South Africa in association with M-Net.

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