Muscat: The 21st Muscat Festival opened its doors to the public on January 10, with a truly nerve-racking and thrilling performance by a Latino Group at Naseem Park in Seeb.
A group of 13 performers, between the ages of 18 and 40, stunned the audience with an electrifying performance that included circus and carnival stunts such as the Globe of Death, Wheel of Death and high-wire on the very first day of the festival.
The Globe of Death started with a rider riding a motorcycle inside a mesh sphere ball but was eventually joined by three other riders, providing an absolutely hair-raising performance throughout the time, looping both vertically and horizontally. Moreover, the Wheel of Death – a large rotating apparatus with three wheels attached to it – had three performers carrying out synchronised acrobatic skills while taking the audience by storm.
Likewise, the high wire was nothing less than a daredevil act performed without a safety net. The performers surprised and made the audience jump out of their seats by not only balancing but also walking blindfolded, dancing and cycling on one fine wire that was about 8-10 metres above the ground.
Speaking to Times of Oman, the manager of the group, Nicholas Obeid, said that the group has been preparing for the festival for three months and has put in extra hours to perform for the first time at the festival.
“The group consists of all professionals who have been performing from a very young age. They have been preparing for three months for the acts planned for the festival, and just before the opening, they practised three days straight, for 72 hours, to perform before the audience today."
“Since this is our first time at the festival and we are super excited, we wanted to make sure that everything went well without recording any accidents or injuries. And at the same time, our main target was also to entertain the audience by putting up a show that they would always remember,” Obeid said.
Hailing from Columbia, Peru, Chile and Venezuela, the dynamic team will be performing four shows a day on all seven days from 5-10.30pm until February 9, 2019, at Naseem Park in Seeb.