Humans 2.0

Following their smash hit Humans, virtuosic circus ensemble Circa return with a new love letter to humanity.

Created by visionary director Yaron Lifschitz with music by composer Ori Lichtik (Sharon Eyal/LEV), lighting by Paul Jackson (Staatsballet Berlin) and eleven of Circa’s finest ensemble members, Humans 2.0 continues pushing the boundaries of what circus and acrobatics can be.

An empty stage reduces performance to the essentials: the physicality of the ten performers and the dense, electrifying acrobatic choreographies they create together. The driving electro-beat of the soundtrack becomes the metronome of a 70-minute tour de force in which complex movements flow seamlessly into one another. Joyous and searching, the performers explore their own strength and vulnerability and fiercely celebrate what it means to be human.

Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa ensemble.
Performed as part of “Circa – A Company in Residence”.

Duration: 70 min, no intermission
Age recommendation: 8+
Language: none

Directed by: Yaron Lifschitz
Associate Director Berlin: Geordie Brookman
Original music: Ori Lichtik
Light design: Paul Jackson
Technical director: Jason Organ
Costume design: Libby McDonnell

Photos: Pedro Grieg
Hero Image: Justin Ma

Willkommen Zurück

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.

Cast

    Fran Alvarez Jara
    Fran Alvarez Jara

    Fran Alvarez Jara
    Fran Alvarez Jara

    After a restless adolescence looking for an activity to focus his abundant energy on, Fran was introduced to circus at the age of 16.  He went on to start his circus career at 18 at the preparatory school of Madrid, Carampa, and later at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque de Bruxelles, specialising in hand to hand and group acrobatics.

    With a focus on improving his core technique – and becoming a human trampoline – he continued his training in France and was involved in the creative development of several shows with high-level acrobatic collectives across Europe.

    In his free time, Fran enjoys Olympic-style weightlifting and reading epic fantasy books.

    Marty Evans
    Marty Evans

    Marty Evans
    Marty Evans

    Marty Evans came to circus by a more roundabout route than most. After watching nothing but circus videos during his lunchbreaks at Australia’s only nuclear reactor, Marty left behind his published scientific career, embracing his physical sports background to pursue a career in circus.

    His first taste of circus came at the University of Sydney in 2010 as he tried to entertain himself during free periods by learning to throw people into the air and trying to catch them again. Marty trained at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne. He is a fiercely determined and hardworking hand-to-hand base that enjoys exploring new challenges and techniques.

    Marty joined the Circa Ensemble full time in 2015, and has been involved in the creation of numerous Circa productions including When One Door Closes and Humans.

    Nancy Gutierrez
    Nancy Gutierrez

    Nancy Gutierrez
    Nancy Gutierrez

    Nancy Luna, an artist born in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico on January 10th 1997, began her training in circus at 15 years of age through aerial techniques. Her development and learning were shaped thanks to her previous acrobatics training at Fly Academy Gymnastics. At the age of 16 years, she began her professional career, joining the main cast of the Mexican production company Circo Dragón as an artist, With Circo Dragón, Nancy participated in many national and international festivals, while also continuing her training in circus, specialising in hand to hand and aerial hoop. Nancy participated as a guest artist in the gala presentations of three consecutive editions of the Periplo International Circus Festival, and won the third place as an aerialist (aerial hoop) in the National Circus Competition of Ficho International Festival of Circus and Show of Mexico in 2015.

    In 2016, she started training at Ecole de Cirque de Québec. Today, Nancy dedicates her training and work to creating highly sensitive numbers that have the ability to connect with her audience, create a variation of emotions in her and at the same time possess a high level of exploration and technique. Recently, Nancy has performed in the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival in 2019, Midnight Circus in 2019, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Nysa in 2020.

    Sam Letch
    Sam Letch

    Sam Letch
    Sam Letch

    Instead of paying attention at school, Sam focused all of his energy on throwing himself around in the cold and rainy north west of England, where he grew up.

    At the ripe old age of 15, Sam decided that doing back tucks off sand dunes wasn’t enough. The answer to his problem: Parkour.

    He trained for 3 years until his acrobatics took him to the National Centre for Circus Arts (London) where he picked up such skills as teeterboard, hand to hand, banquine, floor and group acrobatics. After graduating Sam’s first job performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival lead him on to work with such companies as Cirque Eloize.

    Sam’s primary love is performing, shortly after that is his moustache, followed by singing musicals at the top of his lungs for anyone who will listen.

    Hamish McCounty
    Hamish McCourty

    Hamish McCounty
    Hamish McCourty

    Hamish McCourty is an acrobat and musician. He began his circus journey at Cirkidz in Adelaide when he was eight years old and after graduating from the performance program he’s been creating his own work touring nationally and internationally.

    Hamish is currently working on fusing together his passion for music and circus on stage. His main specialties are tumbling and basing pair and group acrobatics and he prides himself on making people laugh and being a loon onstage. Hamish is a keen performer and multi-talented acrobat with his sights set on leaving his mark in the world of circus.

    Daniel O'Brien
    Daniel O’Brien

    Daniel O'Brien
    Daniel O’Brien

    Daniel O’Brien has been physically active throughout his whole life, primarily focusing on his gymnastics training in his hometown of Maryborough and a few small gyms along the Queensland coastline. After high school, Daniel made a decision to transition from the sport of gymnastics to a possible career in circus performance.

    Daniel decided to move to Melbourne and studied at the National Institute of Circus Arts, specialising in hand-balancing and aerial straps, where he gained his first experiences as a performer.

    He spends his spare time feeding his unhealthy addiction to video games or reading whatever he can get his hands on. After attending NICA for three years, Daniel fostered an immense passion for circus and honed his skills to a level that allowed him to join Circa as an ensemble member in 2015. He has since performed in the many iconic Circa works including What Will Have Been, Closer and Humans.

    Kimberley O'Brien
    Kimberley O’Brien

    Kimberley O'Brien
    Kimberley O’Brien

    Kimberley O’Brien grew up competing in athletics and playing representative AFL. After seeing one of Circa’s shows, Kimberley joined the Circa youth performance troupe Circa Zoo. After two years of training and performing Kimberley was given the opportunity to be the very first member of Fast Track, a program designed for young and aspiring performers within Circa.

    In 2011 Kimberley left Circa Zoo and Fast Track and became a full-time ensemble member. Since then, Kimberley has toured numerous shows in various countries and participated in the creation of many new Circa works. One of her highlights was performing Wunderkammer at the Sydney Opera House.

    Jarrod Takle
    Jarrod Takle

    Jarrod Takle
    Jarrod Takle

    Jarrod is an Australian raised, Montreal-based, free-range circus artist specializing in hand-balancing and teeterboard with a splash of banquine and solo and group acrobatics.

    He spent a glorious childhood decade training and performing with Australia’s leading youth circus , The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, which inspired a life-long passion for the art-form.

    After honing his craft at l’École Nationale de Cirque de Montreal , completing four years of higher education in Circus Arts (sweating upside down in ‘the handstand corner’ under the benevolently meticulous supervision of his Russian coach/surrogate father Yury Bozyan), he has since worked with some of the world’s leading contemporary circus and performance companies.

    Outside of his artistic pursuits Jarrod spends the remainder of his time and energy in search of good coffee and/or avoiding the type of people who stand directly in front of the baggage train at airports.

    Luke Thomas
    Luke Thomas

    Luke Thomas
    Luke Thomas

    As a child, Luke was always driven to pursue an acrobatic career, constantly upside down and swinging on the hills hoist in his backyard. At age 11, he joined Circus 35° South, and trained aerials, tumbling and manipulation for seven years before studying at the National Institute of Circus Arts, graduating in 2017.

    During his study, Luke specialised in tissue, foot juggling and group acrobatics. Luke co-created and performed Out of This World Children’s Show, which had performance highlights including seasons at Woodford Folk Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival, and also performed in One Fell Swoop’s By a Thread in seasons at Mullumbimby Circus Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Circa Festival at Auch, France.

    Luke joined the Circa Ensemble in 2018, and co-conceived and performed in the world premiere of Peepshow.

    Georgia Webb
    Georgia Webb

    Georgia Webb
    Georgia Webb

    Born and raised in outback Western Australia, Georgia was a fully committed competitive gymnast and dancer for 13 years. This background gave her the discipline and work ethic which now informs her circus practice.

    After both parents insisted that their only child joined the military, Georgia decided to forgo those plans to follow her own dream of running away with the circus. In her spare time Georgia enjoys motorbike riding, surfing and free driving. She also one day hopes to travel the world skydiving.

    Christina Zauer
    Christina Zauner

    Christina Zauer
    Christina Zauner

    Christina grew up on the country side in Austria. She started dancing when she was four years old, and participated at her first competition at the age of six. Christina graduated with a Bachelor in Classical and Contemporary Dance at MUK Vienna. During her education she started to train aerials and vertical dance.

    After graduating, she worked at the Vienna State Opera as an Aerial Double, followed by a role in the musical Cats in Switzerland.  Christina worked with the Irish Company Fidget Feet and as a performer and Choreographer at Krystallpalast Varieté Leipzig.

    Christina found her way into the circus world as a self-taught Aerialist, specialized in Straps.  At the age of 24, she started to enjoy to climb on people or have them climb on her.  A very determined person, Christina loves to challenge herself and explore what her body is capable of.  She also plays accordion and loves to design and sew costumes.

In the Press

ArtsHub, Australien

Jaw-dropping, seat-clawing and armchair-exhausting

The Conversation, Australien

… spellbinding physical drama, with just the right amount of play, death-defying tricks and whimsical imagery

The Conversation, Australien

Humans 2.0 is a seriously sensational spectacle: as aesthetic as it is athletic, as comedic as it is grave, and all in all, a visceral delight