What do we see? What does it mean to be watched? How does being observed change the way we behave?
In Circa’s Peepshow, a team of acrobats challenge our preconceived notions of voyeurism, contact and intimacy.
Combining elements of circus, cabaret and burlesque in a beautifully bizarre hall of mirrors Circa’s Peepshow is inviting, but also enticingly eerie. Fascinating, wonderful and unsettling all at once.
Over two acts, Circa’s Peepshow sees the acrobats flirt with the possible. They bend to the extreme, build swaying towers of balanced bodies and display intricate aerials. Lightly, powerfully and playfully.
Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa ensemble.
Performed as part of “Circa – A Company in Residence”.
Duration: 90 min + intermission
Age recommendation: 12+
Directed by: Yaron Lifschitz
Associate Director Berlin: Geordie Brookman
Co-Director and Costume design: Libby McDonnell
Technical director and Co-Light design: Jason Organ
Co-Light design: Richard Clarke
Original music: Ori Lichtik
Photos: Andy Phillipson, Prudence Upton
A Company in Residence
Circa Contemporary Circus have been at the vanguard of Australian contemporary circus for two decades. Based in Brisbane, Circa has toured the world with numerous productions since 2004, performing to over one million people in 40 countries. Circa’s multi-layered performances continue to push the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. Their work combines extreme physicality and thrilling staging into complex, ever-surprising performances.
One of the most artistically exciting contemporary circus companies in the world, Circa’s work has garnered six Helpmann Awards, Australia’s most prestigious award for live entertainment, amongst many other accolades. They have enjoyed multiple seasons at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, the Barbican Centre and the Southbank Centre in London, the Sydney Opera House, the Grand Théâtre Luxembourg and Les Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon. Circa have been guests at the Chamäleon Berlin on several occasions.
Under the artistic direction of Yaron Lifschitz, Circa is built around an ensemble of exceptional, multi-talented circus artists who constantly challenge traditional practices and approach each performance with force and focus – as if for the first and only time.
As part of the production series “Circa – A Company in Residence”, the Australians are presenting four pieces over a period of four months. This special concept allows us collaborate with the Circa ensemble to adapt and artistically develop four outstanding productions from the Circa repertoire for Chamäleon audiences.
The Cast within the Circa-Ensemble is subject to short-term changes. An up-to-date and accurate list of the acrobats involved in the performance will be available closer to the start of the performance.
In the Press
Kraftvolle Athletik, die leichtfüßig daher kommt. Und richtig sexy ist. Körperkunst auf höchstem Niveau
Ästhetisch, athletisch, anmutig und erstaunlich
Courier Mail, Australien
This is saucy circus that morphs into cabaret and performance art with a killer soundtrack
Pocket Size Theatre, UK
. . . packs a punch using the force, beauty and strength of the human body and it is laid bare in all its glory
Exuent Magazine, UK
Physical eloquence . . . one moment they appear to defy gravity, biology, and common sense, and at the next is a delicately poised, piece of physical poetry
The Reviews Hub, UK
. . . one of the most entertaining, unbelievable things you will ever see