Award-winning contemporary circus ensemble Circa take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human and of how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are.
Eleven acrobats question what it means to be human, displaying the radical physicality that is Circa’s trademark. How much can we carry? And who can we trust to support our load?
Complex choreographies appear light and playful. The laws of gravity don’t seem to apply as the acrobats leap into the air, fall with a smile, twist into one another and build intricate sculptures with their bodies.
Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa ensemble.
Performed as part of “Circa – A Company in Residence”.
Duration: 70 min, no intermission
Age recommendation: none
Directed by: Yaron Lifschitz
Associate Director Berlin: Geordie Brookman
Technical director: Jason Organ
Costume design: Libby McDonnell
Photos: Pedro Grieg
Hero Image: Sarah Walker
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.
In the Press
Stunning athleticism and heart-stopping acrobatics in this innovative circus work of the highest calibre
Here are humans pushing the limits of flexibility and strength and they are a marvel to watch
The Stage, UK
This might well be the company’s best work yet
This is an edge-of-your-seat, breathtaking performance of dance, physical theatre and circus at its best
The Age, Aus
…a subtly crafted study of the human condition that will leave you to muse on the wonder and fragility of life
EdFringe Review, UK
…an absolute must see