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A rainy evening, Sydney Opera House and a circus ...it doesn't sound like a match made in heaven but I tell you what, it absolutely was!

Rain is not normally something I associate with a good night out but Master 10yo and I laughed all the way as we ran in the rain from Martin Place station to the Opera House, it was reminiscent of my childhood when getting wet wasn't such a bother. 

Needless to say, we were wet and very puffed by the time we arrived and so the Opera House was the perfect winter venue, warm and dark.

We had tickets for what was advertised as a Vietnamese Circus but I'm not sure that description is fair.  The theatrical performance 'AO Lang Pho' that we were lucky to experience was nothing short of magic on stage.  For some reason, as much as I love circuses, they seem to make me think of performances that are a bit cheesy and performed in the big top tent with animals and clowns.  But this was nothing at all like that.

AO Lang Pho is a journey of Vietnamese culture and lifestyle.  It is showcased with beautifully choreographed movements, dance and acrobatics all using traditional Vietnamese music and items such as woven baskets and bamboo poles.  The two things that struck me were how both women and men performed the same level of tricks, not really differing between the sexes i.e. both were carrying poles with people on them, a woman was working the huge woven basket just like the men.  The second thing was how funny they were, the humor that was interspersed throughout the performance was all funny, nothing forced or silly and easy to relate to.

If you ever get a chance to see this quality performance make sure you do, it is totally worth the money and this team deserve to be seen.  I will totally see them again if I get the chance.

Sorry there are no pics to share, Opera House don't allow pics of these performances, watch the video though - enjoy and get yourself to the Opera House, it is really a great way to spend an evening.

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