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The Circus and Physical Theatre category experienced sharp declines across the board between 2013 and 2014, in contrast to the strong growth experienced in 2013. Gross revenue decreased by 67.5% from $142.03 million to $46.09 million while total attendance decreased by 56.1%. The average ticket price also declined by 25.5% from $118.91 to $88.50.
Cirque du Soleil once again dominated this category, although the reduction in the number of its performances in 2014 helps to explain the significant decline in revenue and attendance. Following the success of its two 2013 productions (Ovo and Michael Jackson: The Immortal), Cirque du Soleil commenced the national Totem tour in Sydney during 2014, with the tour continuing into 2015. The timing of Totem over two calendar years helps to explain the skewed distribution of revenue and attendance by state. Only Sydney performances have been included in the 2014 Survey. Later performances of Totem in other states do not correspond to this survey period.
A number of other major events in the Circus and Physical Theatre category that were staged in 2013 did not return in 2014, including Empire presented by Spiegelworld and Slava’s Snowshow.
The Circus and Physical Theatre category was introduced in the 2009 Survey, prior to which such events were included in the Theatre or Children’s/Family categories.