Forget everything you believe you know about cabaret and circus!
25. August – 12. September 2018
Premiere: Thursday, 13. September 2018
Season: 25. August 2018 – 17. February 2019
The "rockstars of the circus world" (The List) return to the CHAMÄLEON with their latest masterpiece: Experience the captivating circus world of CIRCA'S PEEPSHOW! Forget everything you believe you know about peepshows - because precisely these expectations will be played with, broken, and thoroughly debunked in best Circa style. CIRCA'S PEEPSHOW turns everything you thought you knew about cabaret and circus inside out and offers a glimpse into an explosive, extraordinary circus world.
What do we see? What does it mean to be watched? How does observation change what is observed? Join Circa as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination. CIRCA'S PEEPSHOW lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful. Expect teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending, and devilishly precarious aerials.
CIRCA'S PEEPSHOW combines some of the best acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz to create a playfully exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of your mind. If you loved Circa's cult circus cabaret classics WUNDERKAMMER and BEYOND, get ready of the next level with CIRCA'S PEEPSHOW.
Do not lean back. Do not relax. Become part of a jaw-dropping night at the theatre and see the world from the other side of the curtain.
"The title Peepshow refers to the act of looking. Looking for pleasure, looking partially (peeping, rather than staring) and looking as part of a show. As John Berger said ‘the relation between what we see and what we know is never settled’. So for me Peepshow, while sexy is not a show about sex, it’s a show about the gaze, about how we are distorted by being seen, by knowing we are being seen, by looking and by not seeing. In a way, Peepshow says ‘we are all richer than how we are seen but we are shaped in part by the act of seeing and being seen’." - Yaron Lifschitz
Due to the complex subject matter and the artful staging we recommend the show to children aged 14 or older.
Created by Yaron Lifschitz and Libby McDonnell with the CIRCA Ensemble
Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz
Technical Director & Light Designer Jason Organ
Associate Director & Costume Designer Libby McDonnell
Ela Bartilomo Dance and acrobatics
Originally from Brisbane, Ela Bartilomo began her performing career in Circa’s youth troupe Circa Zoo, with a keen interest in the performing arts including dancing, singing, and playing guitar. Ela studied at the National Institute of Circus Arts, and has performed at a number of events including Brisbane Festival, The Awesome Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Mullum Circus Festival and Breanna’s Make a Wish Foundation Ball. Ela also co-produced and performed in Out of This World Children’s Show, which toured to the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, and was an ensemble member of One Fell Swoop. Ela joined Circa in 2018 and performed in the world premiere season of Circa’s Peepshow.
Jessica Connell Hula-hoops and aerials
Jessica Connell completed a Diploma in circus arts at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne. Formerly a member of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus specializing in hula-hoops and aerials, Jessica spent five years performing around Australia in a variety of productions. She also contributed to A4’s first production, Downpour in 2009. In 2011 Jessica joined Circa where she was part of an eight-month season of Wunderkammer at the CHAMÄLEON Theatre. She then performed a three-month Australian regional tour of the Helpmann Award-winning show CIRCA. One of her highlights with Circa is creating the world premiering “S” at Brisbane Festival in September 2012, which was her first new creation with the company.
Scott Grove Acrobatics
Scott Grove has been performing professionally as an acrobat since he was 15 years old. He spent 14 years as a performer and co-director of The Leaping Loonies touring Australia, Europe and Asia. He has also performed in the English National Ballet’s Swan Lake and the 2000 Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, as well as with Flying Trapeze Australia and the Tom Tom Crew. Scott joined the Circa ensemble in February 2010 and has performed in a variety of Circa’s productions. His highlights thus far are the Circa Festival at Auch, France, the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2010 and 2013 and collaborating with The Debussy Quartet in Opus. Off stage he spends most of his time surfing, playing music and eating large quantities of food.
Billie Wilson-Coffey Acrobatics
Billie Wilson-Coffey discovered Spaghetti Circus at the age of 11 before moving to Melbourne to study at the National institute of Circus arts in 2007. In her graduating year Billie made her international debut at the 4th World Circus Festival in Moscow. Billie joined Circa as a guest artist in 2011 for the world premiere of Nocturne in South Korea. Whilst working as a guest artist for Circa, Billie continued her solo work performing in cabarets and festivals nation wide. Becoming an ensemble member at Circa in 2014, Billie toured How Like an Angel before an eight month residency at the Chamaleon theatre in Berlin performing Circa’s production of Beyond.
David Trappes Acrobatics and juggling
David Trappes decided at age 11 that he was going to be a circus performer, and has not looked back since. Growing up as a part of a youth circus with Flipside Circus, he went on to study in Canada, spending two years at l’École de Cirque de Québec as part of the professional program. Throughout study, David has developed himself not just as an acrobat and juggler but as an artist, musician, mover, comedian and performer. David performed with Casus Circus across 2017 & 2018, touring Europe and Australasia with Driftwood. David joined the Circa Ensemble in 2018, and co-conceived and performed in the world premiere of Peepshow.
Nathan Knowles Hand balancing, contortion and aerial hoop
Nathan Knowles had the luck of being introduced to circus at the age of seven when he marched home from school to tell his parents that one day he would leave suburbia behind and maybe never look back. After 10 years of studying acrobatic dance and contortion, Nathan was accepted into Montréal’s renowned National Circus School where he spent four years specialising in hand balancing, contortion and aerial hoop. Nathan joined the Circa ensemble in 2016, touring Mexico, Australia and Europe, and has since participated in the creation of Humans, and One Beautiful Thing.
Giulia Scamarcia Contortion handstands and swinging trapeze
Giulia Scamarcia was born in Italy. Unable to stop moving, at the age of six she devoted herself to rhythmic gymnastics, before moving into the world of artistic gymnastics.
Transitioning to the world of circus at 19, Giulia auditioned and was accepted into Circus School Flic in Turin, where she began in the contemporary circus world focusing on aerials including swinging trapeze, lyra and tissu. Giulia is a graduate from the National Circus School in Montreal, studying swinging trapeze and contortion handstands. In her careerm Giulia has had the opportunity to create shows with Roberto Magro, Francesco Sgrò and Raymond Peyramaure, and has performed under direction of Romeo Castellucci.
Giulia joined the Circa ensemble in August 2018.
About the company
Circa Contemporary Circus is one of the world's leading performance companies. Since 2004, from its base in Brisbane, Australia, Circa has toured the world - performing in 39 countries to over a million people. Circa's works have been greeted with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents.
Circa is at the forefront of the new wave of contemporary Australian circus - pioneering how extreme physicality can create powerful and moving performances. It continues to push the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus, and is leading the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that redraw the limits to which circus can aspire" (The Age). Circa's work has won numerous awards, including six Helpmann Awards, Australia's most prestigious honours for live entertainment.
Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa features an ensemble of exceptional, multi-skilled circus artists who have been a regular fixture at leading festivals and venues in New York, London, Berlin and Montreal with seasons at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Barbican Centre in London, the Sydney Opera House or Les Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon. At the CHAMÄLEON, Circa has already performed multiple seasons with WUNDERKAMMER, BEYOND and CROSSROADS.
Circa is committed to fostering the next generation of circus artists and runs a Training Centre from its studio in Brisbane. Circa also runs regular circus programs with communities throughout Queensland and around Australia.
As a champion of live performance, Circa manages arTour and is the Creative Lead for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program.
In the Press
"The show is one of the most entertaining, unbelievable things you will ever see"
thereviewshub / UK about CIRCA'S PEEPSHOW
"A bold and breath-taking production that graps your heart and doesn't let go"
Pocketsize Theatre / UK about CIRCA'S PEEPSHOW
"The sense of exhilaration they create is hard to describe. Its addictive, and Circa’s sense of when to let you have it is finely tuned"
exeuntmagazine / UK über CIRCA'S PEEPSHOW
“Stunning athleticism and heart-stopping acrobatics in this innovative circus work of the highest calibre” ArtsHub / Australienüber HUMANS
“. . . the five-star favourite . . . a clear demonstration of the artistry of circus”
The Guardian / UK über HUMANS
“… poetry in motion”
The Times & Sunday Times / UK über HUMANS
Les Echos / Frankreich über OPUS