Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gains Momentum

10 April 2013

After wowing audiences around the world, the international dance sensation, Momentum is now playing on the Gold Coast at Jupiters Hotel & Casino. The Queensland engagement is all the more sweet for one of the performers within the ensemble cast. Spike Levy hails from Melbourne, where he studied Musical Theatre, and the opportunity to present the production to Australian audiences is particularly rewarding.

 Momentum

"It was very exciting for me to come back to Australia and to bring the cast with me. If we did a tour around Australia then that would be the icing on the cake," said Spike.

"When you tour, you are living like a snail; going from one hotel to the next with your house on your back. We enjoy being on stage but there is so much going on behind the scenes. My dream was to perform in New York and I got to do that with Mayumana which was unbelievable. It was a dream come true."

Premiering in Madrid in 2008, Momentum is the seventh production to be developed by the Israeli-based creative team known as Mayumana. Co-creators Eylon Nuphar and Boaz Berman began devising the first Mayumana show in 1996. The company, which has a home base in Jaffa just south of Tel Aviv, has become a global phenomenon having played to almost four million people on multiple continents.

"The show is for everyone, there is something for everyone. With Momentum you're seeing every discipline including music, dancing, technology and social networks. So many different countries and cultures have come together to create one show; so there's so much fusion of talent. It makes for a very exciting show for all ages," said Spike.

"The rhythm is the glue of the show. Without rhythm we don't have a show. It's based on time and time moving forward and back, with everything going on stage we are playing with rhythm and timing. It's a vital part of the show."

 Spike Levy

After completing his education, Spike took the opportunity to go travelling and because of his background headed to Israel.

"I auditioned for Mayumana and thankfully got in. It's a great company to be a part of. Performing with Mayumana I get to do everything. My background is drumming but I'm also a trained hip hop dancer and musical theatre is important to me - so singing, acting, dancing. With Mayumana I get to do all of them," said Spike.

"Israel is great. I stayed there for five years and I was living on the beach in Tel Aviv. When I'm not working, I'm on the beach. The food, the culture and the people are magnetic. No matter which religion you're from - going to Jerusalem is like being in a movie. You have these massive walls of the old city. It's a very special place to go."

And while life is pretty good for Spike at the moment as he gets to travel all around the world - the company next head to Germany - there is one destination that has sparked Spike's curiosity.

"I would love to go to Cuba because I heard there's great music and festivities on the street. So I'd like to go and check that out."

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.