22/23 Performance Season
In the first circus setting of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, critically acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa tightly weaves together powerful world-class acrobatics and dynamic encounters suffused with dark humour and rich tenderness. Featuring new composition by Philippe Bachman alongside Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the famous high C on the bassoon sounds and the stage explodes with bodies locked in a ritual unto death.
Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz the Circa ensemble puts bodies on the line for Sacre in electrifying explosions of physicality and power.
10 performers | 65 minutes
Leviathan is a powerful and authentic encounter between Circa’s world-renowned ensemble and community artists. Leviathan is a project of significant ambition and scope; one that continues Circa’s task of creating the future of circus by making fearlessly uncompromising art from the raw ingredients of extreme physicality to and to leave a legacy of incandescent theatrical moments.
We are a civilization careening toward an unknown fate in complex times. We cling to groups – to our families, our networks, our friends, our clans. But when the public and private spheres intersect and mobs form, massive and unpredictable energies are unleashed.
36 performers (18 Circa artists + 18 community artists) | 75 minutes
Circa has dared to create a physical score for the towering masterpiece of the symphonic repertoire
Ten world-class circus artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz present Beethoven’s music in its rebellious physical form. Fearless and ferocious, human drama is writ large in Beethoven 9 – with aemotionally-charged choreography intricately woven to reflect the powerful score. Extreme skill and dramatic acrobatics play out in this moving anthem for humanity, where the lines between movement, music, dance and theatrics are blurred and boundaries are pushed. Beethoven 9 was premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
WHAT WILL HAVE BEEN
An intimate production that showcases the core of the Circa aesthetic— awe-inspiring movement of interlocking bodies providing an exposition of physical beauty at its’ purest. The Circa acrobats are joined on stage by a single violinist providing a musical canvas of Bach and electronica.
3 acrobats, 1 musician | 65 minutes
Humans 2.0 expands upon the earlier, original production of Humans. As a reflection of our times, Humans 2.0 becomes more intimate, internal and searching. It argues that we must evolve towards heightened connection, care and sensitivity. Next level humanity, next level acrobatics. Beyond Humans 2.0, Circa significantly broadens the digital interaction it offers to presenter partners, ranging from live stream interactive projects, to digital theater presentations and creative engagement opportunities for audiences.
10 performers | 70 minutes no intermission
Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show
CIRCA’S UN-BAAA-LIEVABLE ACROBATS IN A HIGH FLYING FAMILY ADVENTURE
Two worlds gleefully collide when the internationally-acclaimed Australian circus ensemble, Circa, and Academy Award® winning studio Aardman, bring Shaun the Sheep to the stage. The thrilling world premiere season of SHAUN THE SHEEP’S CIRCUS SHOW combines the extreme physicality and awe-inspiring feats of Circa, and the playful charm of the multi-award winning TV series Shaun the Sheep. This is must-see family entertainment, packed full of smart wit, vibrant circus skills and daredevil acrobatics.
9 performers | 75 minutes + Intermission