Ed’s Note: What an incredible circus. We visited with a group of friends and my mom who is in a wheelchair. No sawdust but loads of space and viewing was great. We watched in awe as the acrobats flew into the air and the synchronized swimmers dazzled us with their choreography. From the mime who took his head off to look around to the dangerous acts of trapeze, it was an afternoon of wonder. The circus moves after being at Silverstar Casino on Sunday. So don’t miss out if you live in the West Rand.
Direct from Russia and for the first time in South Africa and is set to dazzle audiences at Silverstar Casino from 19 August, before a Nationwide Tour until January 2018. And I will be interviewing the producer, Matthew, on 7 August so watch this space!
Audiences will be spellbound by the refreshing SPLASH! – THE WATER CIRCUS on its first visit to South Africa, direct from Russia.
The South African tour of SPLASH! – The Water Circus launches in The Globe at Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp for a short season from Saturday 19 August – Sunday 17 September, before touring across the country until the New Year.
SPLASH! – The Water Circus is a circus for the modern-age, presenting a variety of all circus genres, but with a unique, visual twist. The traditional acts look completely different as they are presented in – or above – a 12-metre diameter pool of water. Accompanying this is a dazzling lighting and laser show which perfectly displays the impressive body manipulation and contortion feats amongst a series of water fountains.
Onlookers will gasp as they watch traditional aerial circus acts such as the spectacular Silks all take place above water. Added to the already impressive list of circus acts is the Brazilian Espana family performing their daredevil Wheel of Death and The Russian Swing.
In addition to all the circus acts which viewers are accustomed to seeing, the show also has a full team of synchronized swimmers who add to the magic of the performance. Their disciplined and well trained displays are one of the reasons why the show is considered to be so unique.
This circus is totally free of animals and showcases the extreme talent and capabilities of the human body in an action-packed show presented around the custom-built pool ensuring a truly memorable audience experience.
About SPLASH! – The Water Circus:
On April 17, 1998, the first Russian Water Circus was performed under the name ‘Circus on Water’.
Since then, the creative team has continually developed new acts and shows which captivate and enthral families across the world.
Over the past 19 years, the ‘Circus on Water’ team has toured Russia, Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Oman, Lithuania, UAE and China.
The show has not toured internationally since a major renovation in 2013 which piqued the interest of international producer Harry Weber and local producer Matthew Cook.
“Harry and I share a passion for circus, and when we decided that we wanted to work together, we looked for a show that would be so different to anything presented in South Africa before,” says Cook. “We wanted to push the boundries of circus and offer something unique. When we came across ‘Circus on Water’ there was no doubt that we had to bring the show to South Africa.”
Over the last 6 months, teams in South Africa, New Zealand and Russia have been working on SPLASH! – The Water Circus, ensuring that only the most spectacular acts are seen on the South African tour.
“We have selected the best acts to tour South Africa,” states Weber, “and added some extreme acts which we know the South African audiences will love. The show along with all the technical and artistic elements which we have incorporated is what will make SPLASH! a huge success”
SPLASH! – The Water Circus runs at The Globe at Silverstar Casino from Saturday 19 August – Sunday 17 September.
Performances are Thursdays & Fridays at 20h00, Saturdays at 11h00, 15h00 and 19h00, Sundays at 11h00 and 15h00.
Ticket prices range from R100 – R375 and bookings are through Computicket at www.computicket.com or by calling 0861 915 8000.
The show runs 2 hours 10 minutes including a 20-minute interval.
No children under 2 will be allowed into the auditorium and most especially no babes in arms.
SPLASH! – The Water Circus can be found at :
To ensure as many South Africans as possible get to experience this jaw-dropping circus, after the season at Silverstar Casino, SPLASH! – The Water Circus tours nationwide across South Africa from mid September until January 2018, travelling to Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Newcastle, Nelspruit, Witbank, Welkom, Mossel Bay and the West Coast.
Details of dates, venues and booking information will be released in due course – WATCH THIS SPACE
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS:
International producers – Harry and Marie Weber:
Harry and Marie Weber are the owners of Weber Brothers Entertainment.
Harry was born in Germany and is a sixth generation circus artist and enthusiast. Having grown up in the circus, Harry become one of the most popular hand-balancers in the world becoming famous for his death-defying hand-balancing on the edge of buildings for publicity and photoshoots.
Now retired from performing, Harry has turned to producing International Circus’s across the globe.
His greatest successes have been the Great Euro Circus, Loritz Circus, Aussie Circus and Webers Circus.
Webers Circus is currently on an 18-month tour of New Zealand after completing an 8 month contract in South Korea.
After Harry and his family fell in love with South Africa on their successful tour of Aussie Circus, Harry has been working around the clock to bring an all-new show that would take South Africa by storm. After seeing the spectacular water circus in Russia, SPLASH! – The Water Circus was negotiated for a South African tour commencing in August 2017.
Local producer Matthew Cook:
Matthew Cook has been involved in the entertainment industry since the age of 7. As a young magician Matthew nurtured his talents at the College of Magic in Cape Town, where he graduated with his Silver Medallion in 2001. Matthew won the South African Magic Championships in 1999 with a breath-taking stage illusion show which started his full-time career in entertainment.
After dazzling audiences across South Africa as a speciality performer, Matthew broadened his talents and started working in other areas of Theatre and Entertainment.
In 2007 he joined the team at Gold Reef City as a Production Manager for the opening of The Lyric and the South African premiere of the musical Hairspray.
Between 2008 and 2012, Matthew managed an entertainment agency, worked on the management of live events and concerts, directed circus shows and trained entertainers.
Since 2012, Matthew has managed the Entertainment and Event departments of 3 of the biggest casinos in South Africa and has gained extensive experience in large scale concerts, shows and tours.
In early 2017, Matthew decided that it was time to start a new chapter and become more active as a creative director and producer of live entertainment and shows.
After 6 months of planning, Matthew is thrilled to announce the South African tour of SPLASH! – The Water Circus.