Human defying show confirmed for 2019 Southland Arts Festival

Human will be performed at ILT Stadium Southland in May. Photo: Tashy H'ng

THE Southland Arts Festival is going to new heights this year with confirmation of the biggest aerial acrobatics show Southland has ever witnessed.

Designed to make audiences laugh, gasp and blush, Human, presented by MORE FM, is set to wow audiences at Invercargill’s ILT Stadium Southland on May, 3.

Southland Arts Festival director Angela Newell said it was the biggest production the festival has ever included in its programme.

“Nothing of its kind, on this scale, has ever been seen in Southland before – it’s a world-class spectacle that you won’t want to miss,” Newell said.

As the latest production of New Zealand’s largest circus theatre company, The Dust Palace, Human features gravity-defying, extraordinary cirque performers who attempt to showcase what the human body is capable of – even at great heights.

“It’s a mix of circus, comedy, acrobatics and music woven seamlessly together by awe-inspiring athletes and performers,” Newell said.

ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said the team had saved the best news of 2018 for last with the announcement of Human set to be a showstopper of the 2019 stadium events calendar.

“It’s going to be a world-class spectacle in a world-class venue; we’re calling it the glamour event of 2019,” Skelt said.

For one night only, the stadium will be transformed into a stage for the cirque cabaret which includes international award-winning concert pianist Flavio Villani and the multi-talented New Zealand star, Shane Cortese.

Newell said thanks to the generosity of local funders tickets to the spectacular event would be very reasonable, with tickets starting at $30 for adults, hospitality packages available from $85 per person and family packages from $90.

“You will not want to miss this show – people will be talking about it for years to come and it will cement Southland’s ability to punch above its weight in terms of attracting world-class acts,” Newell said.

Tickets will go on sale at the end of January with early-bird prices available until February 22.

The show is the first of many captivating and exciting shows to be announced for the 2019 Southland Arts Festival, which will open on April 10.