BEFORE making its way to Australia, the Spiegelworld production of Absinthe had huge success in New York and Las Vegas.
In Vegas alone, it had a four-year residency at Caesars Palace that included over 4000 sold-out shows.
The creators of Absinthe credited this success to the way the audiences were brought closer to the show and were part of the act.
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“Contemporary circus shows that have been around for decades always have a distance from the audience,” the director of the Australian tour, Terrence Williams, told the Star Observer.
“You watch it, they’re over there and you are over here just admiring.”
“There was a desire with Absinthe to bring it closer, so that people felt like they were almost part of the act.”
Williams added that the show intertwined the circus with burlesque and vaudeville to a diverse, modern day audience, performed in an intimate 700-seat Spiegeltent.
He also said the reason the show has been so successful among many audiences, including the LGBTI community, was because it was unashamedly proud to be what it is.
“We just want everyone to come and have a great time with us, no matter who they are, no matter where they are from and no matter what their life is,” he said.
“And on top of that, there a gorgeous bodies to look at, both male and female, incredible personalities, incredible voices, it’s really a beautiful experience.”
The Sydney show will feature two new international acrobatic acts as well as all the previous acts that featured in other Australian cities.
“You come in not necessarily knowing what to expect, and you leave with your jaw completely open,” Williams said.
Gazillionaire, the foul-mouthed host of the show, uses his unfiltered and “highly-offensive” comedy — with the help of his side-kick Penny — to bring together and engage the diverse crowd.
Williams recalled one of the shows where there were moments of interactive fun with the audience.
“At times we’ve had guys performing sexy lap dances for women on stage but we once suddenly found that, maybe this guy would rather be dancing on a guy? We changed things up,” he said.
“The show brings down the level of people’s inhibition because it’s so welcoming, and that’s what leads to those discoveries.”
Absinthe is now playing at Hyde Park, Sydney. Tickets and details: absintheaustralia.com
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