Dance hall style attraction Spiegelworld has returned to New York for as its all-new show Empire opens on May 31. Featuring a carnival style bar and speakeasy lounge, at 265 West 45th Street, Spiegelworld's Empire will pitch its tent for a limited 15-week summer carnival.
Popular across Europe during the early 20th century, the luxurious traveling spiegeltents were used as dance halls and music/cabaret venues, featuring intimate in-the-round seating, ornate wooden panelling, mirrors, stained-glass windows, and velvet-upholstered seating booths. Empire will feature performers like Moondog, Carrot Man, Polka Dot Woman, Rubbish Bag Lady and Lime Green Lady.
Since 2006, Spiegelworld has presented an annual summer season in New York City on Pier 17 at South Street Seaport. Spiegelworld has produced a range of acclaimed shows within the spiegeltent, including Absinthe, La Vie, Late Night Lounge and Desir. Spiegelworld has also toured to Miami South Beach and Melbourne where they were the feature entertainment of the 2009 Australian Open tennis grand slam.
Click below for a glimpse at the show which marks the first time a circus tent has officially been pitched in the heart of Times Square.