A rope artist falls, climbs and twists to the exquisite sounds a solo violin.
It is the beginning of an almost chamber play-like performance of three virtuosic Circa performers and a violinist on stage. Together they challenge our perception of what is possible within the human body and draw you deep into a world of physical daring.
What Will Have Been is a hauntingly beautiful display of interlocking bodies and intricate movements, accompanied by a rousing soundtrack of Baroque music and spine-tingling electronica.
Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa ensemble.
Performed as part of “Circa – A Company in Residence”.
Duration: 65 min, no intermission
Age recommendation: 12+
Directed by: Yaron Lifschitz
Associate Director Berlin: Geordie Brookman
Technical director and Co-Light design: Jason Organ
Co-Light design: Richard Clarke
Costume design: Libby McDonnell
Photos: Andy Phillipson
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
Daily Review, Australien
What Will Have Been is circus at its purest and most thrilling… utterly captivating
The Public Reviews, UK
A work of immense power… masterly re-defining
Norwich Evening News, UK
…as breathtaking as ever… you could have heard a pin drop