What do you get when you combine a stellar international cast consisting of a two time World Champion BMX Flatlander, two World Champion breakdancers, an internationally acclaimed basketball freestyler, a World Record holding roue cyr artist and a mulit-award winning drummer and composer?
A radical urban circus!
360 ALLSTARS is a phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, connecting the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. But what was the inspiration behind the reinvention of the modern circus that is, 360 ALLSTARS? We chat with director, multi-award winning drummer and composer Gene Peterson about producing, directing and showcasing 360 ALLSTARS.
The incentive to create 360 ALLSTARS was spurred by the success of my two previous shows ‘Gene Peterson Live’ and ‘Loop The Loop’. Both received an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences and venues alike, and with the experience gained from producing smaller shows, I felt ready to jump in the deep end and have a go at creating a bigger production – no restrictions, no limits; just “awesome”!
Removing limitations allows you to question everything and dream big! It was like giving myself permission to think like a kid in a candy store and ignore the realities and restrictions that you learn to accept as an adult. Why should 360 ALLSTARS settle for any old BMX rider? …let’s get the world champion! In fact, let’s find out who’s the best in the world at every one of these art forms, and see if we can get them! It probably wasn’t the most cost-effective choice, but it was the decision to remove these logistical and financial parameters and put the art first that has made the show successful.
The same went for production values. We definitely didn’t hold back! 360 ALLSTARS has an amazing lighting design, a killer live soundtrack, and stunning video projections displayed across three video screens. I wanted every ingredient of the show to be spectacular in its own right.
From day one, there was a really wonderful energy, and enthusiasm from everyone. We placed a huge focus on having a good time and the cast were so excited and eager to be involved in the production and to create something special. When working with such a phenomenal cast of athletes, performers and musicians, each of whom are at the top of their field in their given art forms, it really wasn’t difficult! Five years on, several hundred shows later and a few world tours, everyone still loves performing the show. We’ve become a genuine, tight-knit little family, really apparent to the audience.
That said, 360 ALLSTARS is a difficult show to produce and perform. We routinely face obstacles requiring creative thinking from everyone. For instance, finding ways to have the artists collaborating on stage was a definite challenge. It was quite comical… you’ve got a world champion in one art form who is a total amateur at another! One moment they’re pulling off mind-blowing stunts, and the next they’re being a complete beginner! We definitely had to be tactful to find common ground between various disciplines and build relationships between the different art forms that were achievable and effective.
I’m proud to say we’ve created a really great show. It’s often said that if you’re having fun on stage, the audience will be having fun with you, and the 360 ALLSTARS performance exemplifies this statement.
A magnificent, colourful and astonishing expression of a generation that has reinvented public performance, 360 ALLSTARS is a revolutionary production that will leave you dizzy with excitement.
A must see!
Two Time World Champion BMX Flatlander
Australian Champion Break-Dancer
World Champion Break-Dancer
World Renowned Basketball Freestyler
Guinness World Record Holding Roue Cyr Artist
NZ’s ‘X Factor’ winning MC & Loop Artist
Multi Award Winning Drummer and Composer