Homegrown Aussie sensation 360 ALLSTARS are setting off on an 18-month worldwide tour, celebrating a milestone 10 years of awe-inspiring, physical performance. The urban circus merges street culture and traditional circus art forms, presenting a supercharged exhibition of elite skills and showmanship.
By Kate Conway
Creator, director and drummer Gene Peterson says the show was initially born from a desire to create a show without business limitations of keeping it small, tourable and financially viable.
“I wanted to think, as an artist, what was the coolest thing I could come up with? Breakdancing, basketball free styling, and BMX flat-landing? Awesome. How many different types of awesome can we get on one stage?” he says.
“I realised all of these artforms are essentially an urban street culture equivalent to a traditional stereotypical circus discipline. Instead of acrobats, we’ve got the break-dancers, instead of a unicycle, we’ve got a BMX rider!”
Throwing business caution to the wind has paid off. Peterson says the group’s sell-out shows at iconic venues all over the world is a real highlight from the last decade.
“To be able to tout sold-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Broadway – they’re the feathers in our cap that we’re quite proud of. It’s really special to be there on Broadway, and to consider the history and magnitude of what’s come before,” he says.
“To be a part of that scene is a really exciting experience and we’re looking forward to returning one day soon.”
From 42nd St to Mitchell St, Top End audiences are treated to the global smash hit at Darwin Entertainment Centre. Peterson says the talented entourage looks forward to hitting D-Town.
“Darwin Entertainment Centre is a beautiful venue, and Darwin’s such a lovely place to be. It’s nice looking ahead at the tour and you’ve got these points in your itinerary you can mark out and say ‘that’s going to be a really fun stop’. Darwin is certainly one of those for us.”
Crediting the show’s enduring success to their unique identity as an urban circus, and collaborative nature of the show, when all acts are interacting throughout the show, the on stage energy is palpable.
“We’re having the best time with each other on the stage, and that is contagious. As a result, the audience is having the best time with us. Come along and see what all the fuss is about!”
Photos: Cam Campbell