I still remember clearly the Cirque du Soleil Varekai show that we watched June of last year. Watching it was an amazing experience. Everyone should have the chance to watch a circus show at least once in their lives. Fret not since another amazing circus show is bound for Manila. Cirque Mother (CircusMama) Africa will be in town on April 19 to 22. This show is presented by Establish Events in cooperation with Media Central. This show will be at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre, Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City Cybertourism Zone, Pasay City.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the sights and sounds of Africa. This two hour show, which combines African music, dance and performance, features 40 artists from nine African countries, including Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Benin, Zimbabwe, and Guinea. Although these versatile artists come from all parts of the African continent, on stage, they perform into a single family whose cheerfulness and passion immediately capture the audience. And they are versatile performers!

Each of the outstanding artists is a dancer, singer or musician and quite often a combination of all three.The troupe performed in sold out shows in Germany, Italy, Romania, Russia, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium and Spain. They toured Australia and New Zealand in 2011 and are due in Singapore in April 12th before going on to Manila. At one time, the word “circus” used to conjure images of a big top, a ringmaster in a black top hat and tumbling clowns with white painted faces and round red noses. This new-millennium “circus” aims to delight the senses with items spinning through the air, human contortionists who form mind-boggling shapes with their bodies, while percussionists beat African rhythms on drums. Masks, drums, beads, and amazing costumes all add to the authentic African atmosphere.

The circus show started in Tanzania in October 2006. A world premiere in Germany in December 2006 followed and “Mama Africa – Circus of Joy” was born. The show toured to sell-out crowds, playing to more than 300,000 people in small cities and towns in Germany. Since then, this circus production has grown and the 2011/12 production is an anniversary programme which will feature some of the best acts from the past four to five years as well as new ones. Some of the highlights include foot juggling, magic and illusions, bounce juggling and contortionists. But there will also be new highlights during this anniversary programme, which come straight from Mama Africa’s school for artists, masterminded by Winston Ruddle, the producer. Winston used to be a street and circus artist plus a break dancer in Bulawayo, before he opened his school in Dar Es Salaam where he now trains promising African talent. Mama Africa wants to entertain audiences around the world. But presenting African culture and making people happy for two hours is not its only remit.

Mama Africa’s team wants to help in a more lasting way. Part of the income from the tickets sold during the forthcoming Mama Africa Tour will go towards development projects in Africa, for example, Karl-Heinz Böhm’s Ethiopian aid project People for People which has been in existence for thirty years. The “Circus of the Senses” stands out by its enchanting diversity, incredible lightness and fresh, modern, dynamic approach. Mama Africa draws its particular character from a special mixture of traditional African circus, modern circus and show elements, impressive acrobatics, rousing live music and choreography deeply rooted in the African culture, teamed with the incredible energy and joy-of life of a whole continent that is considered the cradle of humanity.

Sponsors of the show are as follows: Real Estate World, Grand Monaco, Emirates, Business World, Philippine Daily Enquirer, Business Mirror, Gold Fields, South African Embassy, HerWord.com, Jack TV, The Fortnightly, Prime Recall and Home Radio 97.9AM.

Cirque Mother (CircusMama) Africa Show Schedule:
2012-04-19 8:00 PM
2012-04-20 8:00 PM
2012-04-21 3:00 PM
2012-04-21 8:00 PM
2012-04-22 8:00 PM

Regular Ticket Prices*:
VIP PhP 6,095.00
C1 PhP 5,090.00
C2 PhP 4,065.00
C3 PhP 3,025.00
C4 PhP 1,500.00

For tickets to Cirque Mama Africa, please visit: www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 891-9999
For Group Bookings, please call Peeya 0915 9275747

For more updates, visit the Cirque Mother (CircusMama) Africa website.

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