Having recently found myself rather disappointed by the circus show referring to itself under the oh so sophisticated moniker of Cirque du Soleil, I was left rather hungry for a proper circus experience. Oddly enough, I have found that exact experience I was looking for in a very similar yet different circus, Circus Oz.
I don’t know if it is the sign of the times or whether Circus Oz tries to copy its much more famous counterpart, but Circus Oz also boasts an "all animals on show are 100% human" policy. The acts bear some significant similarities, too. So what’s the difference? Where is it that Circus Oz cuts the mustard?
I feel it comes down to Oz’ down to earth, approachable, nature. Specifically speaking:
- The venue (the circus tent) is much smaller, giving a much more intimate experience.
- As a direct result, we were sat much closer to the performers.
- As it turned out, the performers were mingled around the people greeting us in, checking our tickets and pointing us to our seats.
- Those performers were capable of everything: the same people were singing, farting, clowning, doing acrobatics, and playing music.
- Oh, the music! That live music! While that Canadian gang I mentioned above specialised in schmaltz for the masses, Circus Oz did some modern jazz and rock. With a kick. It was genuinely good – as in, “I want to listen to that music later on my headphones” good.
And last, but not least: Circus Oz does not mind photography; they only ask to avoid flash photography, for the very obvious purpose of preventing the performers from going blind. As you can imagine, that alone has raised my levels of show enjoyment by a few orders of magnitude. I even got the photos to show for it!