New York | 1h 45m | Already closed

Mother Africa: My Home

From 8 critic and 5 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Confusing

About the show

New Victory Theater presents Circus der Sinne's family-friendly spectacle, a mix of modern circus and African music and dance celebrating everyday life in a South African township. More…

A diverse cast of 26 acrobats, musicians, and dancers from different African countries transform the stage into a bustling marketplace filled with breathtaking feats, exuberant Afro-beats, and a swirl of colorful fabrics. The rare Icarian Games from Ethiopia—in which foot jugglers toss fellow cast mates into the air—appear alongside a body-bending contortionist, an African Gumboot dance, and more than a dozen awe-inspiring acts. Meanwhile, a live band keeps the party going with every strike of the congas and strum of the kora, showcasing Africa's expressive music and dance culture.

1h 45m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

Stage Buddy

"Holy cow, run, don’t walk, to the New Victory Theater…’Mother Africa’ is a dazzling festival of physical performances. On display are acrobatic feats that easily rival those of Cirque du Soleil, but with far more soul…The juggling is mind-boggling…The African music and dancing is delightful as well…'Mother Africa' is perfect for children of all ages…I cannot say enough great things about this show. Go see it. You and your kids will love it." Full Review

Motherhood Later

"A feast for the eyes...I couldn’t tell you what my favorite acts were because they were all my favorite and equally entertaining. The ensemble performs death-defying, nail-biting, and palm-sweating acts. The dancing and choreography is excellent. One after another the performances amaze and delight...The show is hugely appealing to all ages. The performance concludes with lively singing and dancing which brings everyone to their feet." Full Review

The New York Times

"You’re pretty much assured a swell time...The performers set a pace that’s enthusiastic without being hyperactive, and their delight is infectious...The contagious music helps immensely. There’s a selection of instruments so distinctive that they deserve some description from the players; none is given. Similarly, more details on the performers’ backgrounds would be appreciated...Those quibbles aside, 'Mother Africa' is keenly audience-friendly, and appropriate for younger showgoers." Full Review

The New York Times

for a previous production "Imagine attending a circus, a dance performance and a world music concert, all in one day...Now this feat can be accomplished in a single location in 100 minutes: It’s called 'Mother Africa'...Music punctuates most circuses, but this show’s live band plays almost continuously, offering sounds that can be sinuous and eerie or feisty and fun...'Mother Africa' really is a circus...But its unfamiliar moments are the most thrilling." Full Review

Mommy Poppins

for a previous production "Totally exceeded our expectations...'Mother Africa' is an exuberant celebration of the continent and its many cultures. While the show includes feats of amazing acrobatic prowess, it's not a traditional circus. Instead, it's a 15-act pageant...As entertaining as it is educational, the show spotlights highly trained circus performers. While every act was a hit, some were so awe inspiring they had us on the edge of our seats...But there are no duds here." Full Review

A Child Grows in Brooklyn

for a previous production "This is one exciting show for your senses. This circus is not your typical circus since there are no clowns or animals but there are bright colors, vibrant music and exciting performances from 26 artists from all over Africa...There are 15 acts that will make you want to dance and then hold your breath or gasp...In addition to entertaining us, there is also some education...Their joy, happiness and exuberance is so obvious throughout the show. Run to the theater with your family." Full Review

Time Out New York

for a previous production "Though the show features African aesthetics—colorful costumes, traditional dancing and a percussion-heavy band playing rousing songs with pulsating beats—little time is spent on cultural context. No matter; you can always read the program for all that. Instead, this jubilant spectacle delivers one thrill after another, from the familiar to the exotic. What some of the acts lack in precision they make up for in exuberance...The performers beam with infectious joy." Full Review

The Mama Maven

for a previous production "I found the music fun and the singing to be absolutely gorgeous, plus the traditional dancing and costumes make you feel like you're on a little trip to Africa. But the real showstopper is the daredevil acrobatic acts...Some of the performances were similar to Cirque de Soleil and just like Cirque de Soleil, I just kept hearing myself say 'wow!' at every single act...A fun show for the entire family." Full Review

Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see a dazzling display of talent, music, culture and acrobatics. Cool grooves & African culture = great show for family.

Don't see it if If acrobatics, culture, dance, music & fun, or a theatre full of kids isn't your thing...stay home.

Also Sorry that reviewer - Lisa B felt the way she did...guess "culture" is... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great staging, Great dancing, Quirky

See it if you like circus, African music and dance, or want something family-friendly and good for kids.

Don't see it if you don't like circus or children in the theater. There will be lots.

Entertaining, Interesting, Unique, Surprising, Unbelievable

See it if you want to see some really unique circus tricks.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a plot or you don't want to see a show that is mostly a circus.

Entertaining, Confusing, Funny, Great acting

See it if good show

Don't see it if with kids

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if If you're into culture

Don't see it if If you're not into culture

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