If you're keen to experience space-like gravity-defying action here on earth, get set for Heliosphere at Sydney Festival 2019. The ethereal performance will see an illuminated helium-filled sphere taking an aerialist 20 metres into the air. From a height that would ensure a sticky end if sudden re-entry were initiated, the airborne artist will perform a series of spins and twists in the moon-shaped contraption.
In 1965, astronaut Ed White concluded the first American spacewalk by saying, "I'm coming back in...and it's the saddest moment of my life". Space is vast and dangerous, but Heliosphere is a reminder of the tremendous beauty that can result when risk is embraced.
Heliosphere is part of Sydney Festival's dramatic and diverse 2019 program and will appear at Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta forCircus Comes to Town from January 11–13. Check out the full lineup here.
UDPATE: DECEMBER 5, 2018 — This event was initially also meant to run at Barangaroo between January 16–27, but these performances have been cancelled. The Parramatta shows will still run as scheduled.