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Cantina makes its London premiere

Posted on April 27, 2012


Roll up, roll up for an evening of “delightfully dark” Australian circus as Cantina headlines the London Wonderground, a new five-month long festival of cabaret, music, sideshow and circus at London’s Southbank Centre, from May 8.

Cantina is a unique fusion of live music, circus, acrobatics and dance, featuring a company of Australia’s finest circus artists from Circa, La Clique, Acrobat and Circus Oz. Audiences are told to brace themselves for “a dark and dangerous world of faded glamour, passion and suspense”. 

Devised by the creators of the Tom Tom Crew, Cantina has enjoyed sell-out tours of Australia and Europe and will make its London premiere in May, performed inside an exquisite Spiegeltent, the centrepiece of the London Wonderground. 

The London Wonderground is the brainchild of Underbelly and Southbank Centre and is being jointly presented by both organisations. A new amusement ground for the capital, the London Wonderground aims to bring a taste of early 20th-century Coney Island to London and will be situated on the transformed coach park between the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye. 

The E4 Udderbelly Festival, with the live entertainment venue shaped like an upside down purple cow, will also return for its fourth year at Southbank Centre, side-by-side the London Wonderground. Both the London Wonderground and Udderbelly festivals will form part of Southbank Centre’s site-wide Festival of the World with MasterCard this summer. 

To book tickets, visit or call 0844 545 8282.


Photograph © Idil Sukan

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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