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Empire

20 March 2014 | 1:25 pm | Matthew Ziccone

Every person involved in this deserved the standing ovation they received.

Spiegelworld's EMPIRE has so many holy crap moments your muscles hurt for the performers. The tension builds as someone balances more and more pieces of wood on top each other or somebody's neck as they spin around the neck of another roller skater. You have beautiful contortionists and dancers that draw you in just as fast as they make you turn away in horror. 

It's not safe too. Two acts were out on opening night from injury and on watching the other performers you understand why. Seven hundred people gaze upon performers on a circular stage maybe three metres in diameter. These guys are flipping, bending and manoeuvring their bodies in ways that can't be healthy. 

It's an overwhelming experience to see people that spend their lives perfecting things that are so strange and so beautiful and have the power to bring that many people together, shouting, whistling, cringing and laughing. Leaving the venue is a sad thing but the warmth gained from within is something you won't shake for quite some time.

It is so hard to write something that doesn't make it sound like one is getting paid to write so many glorious things about this show, but there realy isn't a dull moment. Every person involved in this deserved the standing ovation they received.

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