African Circus Production is a vibrant high energy circus production described as a ‘circus of the senses’. A mix of song, dance and impressive physicality, the production gives audiences an insight into Africa’s festive traditions that Africa has to offer and gives its stars the ability to rise above their often underprivileged backgrounds.
One of the first things audiences will notice when the curtain rises and the show begins is the performers ’genuine love for what they do.
Their enthusiasm is real and infectious, the show a life-changing experience for many of them. It’s obvious they enjoy themselves just as much as their audiences.
Ranging in age from 16 to 35, the 40 performers include singers, dancers, jugglers, contortionists hand to hand acrobatic, rolla rolla balancing Adagio aerial acts from African countries including Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, ivory coast , Benin Genie and South Africa, most of who have been horning their skills since their early teens.
The show opens with a warm up routine that urges the audience to remember ‘this is a LIVE show’. But Mother Africa is more than live show – it’s ALIVE. The cast’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious. No fake showbiz smiles here; their joy is real. In true circus tradition, most of them pull double or triple duty in the two-hours-plus of action. Contortionists, acrobats and jugglers feature in big dance numbers, demonstrating their versatility.
While the physical artistic performances are the main attraction of Mother Africa, the show also boasts a top-class 8 piece live band and a trio of vocalists who bring the continent’s language of rhythm and music to life. Drumming and dancing are part of the language in Africa – something the vibrant score of Mother Africa underpins thanks to the Mother Africa Band, from Zanzibar, and percussionists from ivory coast.
The group includes the traditional tones of the Kora – a 20-string instrument from Guinea on the west Coast of Africa that sounds like a mixture between a guitar and a harp. Played in traditional style, from Guinea, the instrument’s tones bear a closer Resemblance to flamenco and delta blues guitar techniques. The Mother Africa Band is augmented by female vocalists and dancers from South Africa, Zimbabwe