Madame Zingara - Theatre of Dreams

This past week the Ruby team got the opportunity to visit the Theatre of Dreams - MADAME ZINGARA! It was so fantastic that we couldn't let it go by without showing you a sneak peek into what it looked like. If you haven't been before, we highly suggest that you go - it is like stepping into another world!

Madame Zingara first came to SA in 2001 in Cape Town... and since then it has taken this country by storm, with months of sold out evenings. It is known as an "enchanting bohemian eatery" with a "welcoming dining experience, decadently fused with the wild spirit of the gypsy". In a nutshell, Madame Zingara is a travelling dinner cirque extravaganza housed in an antique mirror tent.

The acts were by far our favourite part of the evening. While the food is to-die-for and the dressed-up waitrons are entertaining, the cirque theatre is literally out of this world. From the Mongolian contortionist who bends in unimaginable ways, to the dynamic quartet of SA vocalists who ended off every act and got the crowd jamming, there was so much to be in awe of all evening!

"A daring feat of precision and balance, the time-old traditional art of chair stacking has been seen in circuses around the world for over a century. Perfectly executed by an award-winning husband and wife team from the Ukraine, this act will have you perched on the edge of your seat with bated breath as he precariously rises way above the stage."
"Aerial artists since childhood, Sam and Christine perform three spellbinding acts, including Christine's sensual bath act, Sam's fiery scarf act and the thrilling double chandelier act."

"Surreal and mesmerising, this triple strength act will keep you spellbound as you gaze in awe at their seemingly impossible feats of strength and agility."

"A very rare skill of human foot juggling and one of the oldest circus art disciplines in the world. Alexander and Philipp, who hail from Russia and come to us after many years with the Moscow Circus, end the show to rapturous applause."
The food was incredible with four courses to devour, and beginning with a hot and cold Mediterranean anti-pasti. A butternut, feta and mushroom pasta dish was served as the starter. For the mains, we could choose from a Chocolate Chili Fillet, Norwegian Salmon, Lamb or a vegetarian selection. A trilogy of flavoured desserts, with our favourite being the chocolate cigar and the cardamom ice-cream!

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All information from the Madame Zingara website. Photos from Ruby & the Swallow.

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