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2010 Event Media Release - Tom Tom Crew

Media Release: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tom Tom Crew brings its streetwise circus to Sydney Opera House this January

From January 6

"An urban, streetwise version of Cirque du Soleil...parents will be urging their offspring to run away and join the Tom Tom Crew" The Guardian (UK)

A slap in the face collision of super-charged circus and heart-pumping music for all-ages!

Direct from a three-week European tour and debut Broadway season, the Tom Tom Crew will explode into action in Sydney for a limited season from January 6.

Since they first performed at Sydney Opera House in December 2007, the Tom Tom Crew has carved its name onto the A-List of festival acts world wide.

Audacious acrobatics, phenomenal beat-boxing, master scratching and indescribable drumming displays collide as some of Australia’s most phenomenal talents join forces to “happily wage war with the laws of physics” (New York Times).

World renowned percussionist Ben Walsh and his driving rhythms are the lifeblood of the Tom Tom Crew.

The Sydney Opera House Studio will throb to the pulsating beats from Ben’s self-made drumkits; mashed together from chemical drums, 80’s Asian gadgets and over 2000 cable ties. 

Alongside Ben, is the mix-master Sampology and beat-boxing whiz-kid, Tom Thum.  Thum was crowned the World Duo Champion in Germany four years ago and recently secured second place at Scribblejam, America’s most prestigious hip-hop competition.

Graduates of Australia’s famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus – Ben Lewis, Daniel Catlow, Shane Witt – join elite gymnast Karl Stock to flip, fly and slam up the stage as hard and as fast as the boys with the beats.

Wait til they fly 6m into the air on a giant see-saw, or drop from the rafters holding only an aerial strap or land a ‘punchfront stepout roundoff backflip full twisting layout’.

The future of Australian circus and hip-hop music, hardcore tumbling, out-of-control acrobatics and severe aerial antics are all on the agenda in this club.

Director Scott Maidment explains: “Expect to be blown away by the incredible talent of these artists. This is circus at its most extreme, and the dynamic explosiveness of the human body can only be matched by the sheer power of hip-hop rhythms.”

Highlights of 2009 include playing to 17 different venues in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, a season at 42nd St’s New Victory Theatre, five weeks at London’s Southbank Centre and 21 sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe.

"A raucous good time…no ordinary circus outing… impressive… mesmerising… infectious" Time Out, New York
Date: Limited season from January 6
Times: Varied matinee and evening performances
Venue: Playhouse
Tickets: From $39, $34 concession and $29 U18s
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or

Nathan McIlroy,Senior Publicist
Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121


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