Media release: 25 October 2011
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
CONCERT HALL, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
12 - 18 JANUARY 2012
Headlining this year’s sizzling ‘Summer at the House’ season, will be the world premiere of The Illusionists – a grand and spectacular celebration of the art of magic by the most innovative illusionists working today.
Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall will be transformed into a magician’s playground for a family-friendly show which will see seven of the world’s most-respected performers in the field enact large scale, mind-bending acts of optical illusion, many of which have never been seen before.
The hand-picked cast of international illusionists - Dan Sperry, Kevin James, Brett Daniels, James Dimmare and Jeff Hobson (with more acts to be announced) - will transform any outdated notion of what a magic show is. Shrugging off the idea of magic as a solo pursuit these artists will come together for the first time, with their assembled cast of 20 sidekicks, to perform a powerful and heady mix of their most outrageous and unbelievable acts.
This group of world-class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past - such as Harry Houdini – and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costume design will lend the genre a theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before.
Illusion Director Brett Daniels said, ‘It is a privilege to be involved in The Illusionists – a show that will unite these performers from around the world for the first time. They are at the very top of their game and the audience are going to be left speechless when they see some of the things these artists are able to achieve.’
Audiences will witness a nail-biting Russian roulette, jaw droppings acts of levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and escapes for Sydney Opera House’s first comprehensive exploration of the genre of magic.
From The Magic Circle and Hollywood’s Magic Castle to Harry Potter and the rising inclusion of magicians on prime time TV such as Australia’s Got Talent, the world of illusion and intrigue has long captured the public imagination. This production will present a rare opportunity for audiences of all ages to see the grand masters of illusion at work in one spell-binding production.
Meera Hindocha, Senior Publicist
T. 02 9250 7834 / E. firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES TO EDITORS
More world class acts will be announced in November.
The Illusionists is produced by Sydney Opera House with Simon Painter and Tim Lawson.
Tickets go on sale from 28 October 2011.
Dates: 12 - 18 January 2012
Venue: Concert Hall
Prices: Children’s tickets from $47.25 (under 18); adults from $75; group discounts and family tickets available
Bookings: www.sydneyoperahouse.com or (02) 9250 7777
Age guideline: 5+
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