ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill

03/05/2019 - 03/05/2019

Southland Festival of the Arts 2019

Production Details

You’ll laugh. You’ll gasp. You’ll blush. And by the end of the night you’ll find your heart stolen by Human. This is rock’n’roll circus! A sumptuous selection of world-class circus, comedy, and music acts brought together by world class athletes and performers.

Human is a one-night only evening of pure revelry, featuring peerless acrobats, divine aerial dance, spectacular circus skills and universal comedy. The stunning cirque and musical experience includes an onstage company of twelve including international award-winning concert pianist Flavio Villani and the multi-talented NZ star, Shane Cortese.

Human is a mesmerising performance that showcases what the human body is capable of.

“The Dust Palace defy the limits of being human…” (NZ Herald).

For an extra special night, book in for beautiful pre-show hospitality from the Ascot Park Hotel at our premium tables.

Human is proudly brought to you by MORE FM and supported by ILT, ILT Foundation, Community Trust South, Creative New Zealand, Venture Southland, Invercargill City Council and ILT Stadium Southland

ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill
3 May, 2019
Deluxe Tables: $85pp table includes a complimentary drink on arrival, 2 courses and premium seating ( A cash bar will operate)
Please contact ILT Stadium Southland 03 2199310 if you have any dietary requirements
Premium seating $45
Gold seating $40
Silver seating $30)
Children for all areas $18
(children are 18 years and under)
Family Package (two adults, two children) $106
Event Time: Show Starts 7.30pm; MEAL 6:45pm 
Doors Open Time (Tables: 5:45pm; General public, non-tables: 6:45pm) 

Dust Palace Company
Shane Cortese
Flavio Villani
Kevin ‘CARAWEI’ Gao

Theatre , Spectacle , Physical , Cirque-aerial-theatre ,

1 hr 40 mins (incl. interval)

Unforgettably spellbinding

Review by Alana Dixon-Calder 04th May 2019

Heralded as the marquee event of the Southland Arts Festival, the gravity-defying spectacular Human is nothing short of spellbinding.

This is artistry with an edge.  

From acclaimed Kiwi aerial circus troupe The Dust Palace, Human is a sultry blend of aerial stunts and cabaret that takes the capabilities of the body to bend and flex to places that seem surreal. The group comes out swinging from the second the show opens and the pace doesn’t let up.

This is no run-of-the-mill circus.

Lithe, with muscles stacked upon muscles, the members of the cirque are an impressive sight to behold. Their costumes shimmer and sparkle with every burst of movement. Their athleticism is effortless – feats made all the more stunning considering they are often whirling and dangling high above the stage, their power evident in every pose they contort into.

Their timing is impeccable; the prowess of every member of the troupe on full display at all times. These are consummate performers: their energy, infectious; their swagger, relentless.

Whether solo, duo, or in a group, they use an impressive array of props – from silks and trapeze to hoops, chairs stacked ever-higher and a metallic whirling dervish – to perfection.

Just when you think each stunt cannot be matched, mouths of the audience agape, the next instalment begins; a blast of frenetic but artfully controlled energy that ebbs and flows. The heady blend of acts is varied and intriguing; nothing feels repetitive or well-trod.

The rhythm makes it impossible to tear your eyes away, but with three stages (the main stage, and two secondary stages) and a relatively large cast there are more details to capture than mere eyesight can manage.

The show is set to a soundtrack of gritty, rippling rock (think Jack White guitar licks), which dials the tone to ‘pulsating’ for the night. During the occasional live musical interlude, entertainer Shane Cortese demonstrates a decent set of pipes and internationally-awarded pianist Flavio Villani adds to the smoky intimacy of the performances before us. Their interludes – as well as a saucy guitar number – give the energy of the show a shakeup.

With Human, the Dust Palace delivers an unforgettable performance. It really is world-class, and Human certainly lives up to the hype.


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