Audience appreciative as Allstars gave it their all, showcased skills

360 Allstars bring their tricks and stunts to Dunedin for a three show event at the Regent...
360 Allstars bring their tricks and stunts to Dunedin for a three show event at the Regent Theatre. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
360 Allstars, Onyx Productions, Regent Theatre, Dunedin, Saturday, October 7.

The 360 Allstars are on their 10th anniversary world tour and wowed the Regent Theatre crowd during the first of three performances in Dunedin.

The Allstars dream team is made up of an international cast of world champion and world record-holding artists and athletes, including a New Zealander, BBoy Leerok.

This urban circus stems from street culture and blends BMX, basketball, breakdancing and the Cyr wheel with a little clowning around and a lot of skill and artistry.

The soundtrack is provided live on stage by founder, director and master musician Gene Peterson and vocalist Mirrah.

BBoys Leerok and Sette astounded the audience with their strength, agility and dizzying head spins.

Flatland BMXer Heru Anwari proved why he is a world champion, and basketball freestyler Pafo provided many moments of hilarity.

However, the highlight for me was the more traditional acrobatic act, the Cyr wheel.

Acrobat Dan Price made the Cyr wheel look effortless and he had a gracefulness which was a lovely change of pace from the bravado of some of the other acts.

Each artist performed their respective disciplines expertly as solos, but when they came together was when they really shone — the chemistry they had, along with the witty banter, kept the crowd thoroughly entertained.

This kind of performance is high energy from start to finish, but this is necessary on both sides; that is, the audience needs to be as amped as the artists.

Peterson and Mirrah were hyping us up from the get-go and the rest of the crew joined in along the way.

Judging by the large number of vocal members of the audience, the Allstars would not have been disappointed.