Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble
Over the past two decades, Circa has forged a reputation as the most artistically audacious circus on the planet. With productions ranging from large-scale operas and vast choreographic spectacles through site-specific adventures and intimate chamber works, the breadth of its vision is unparalleled.
For the company’s latest show – On by Circa – Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz explores the gift of weight that lies at the heart of acrobatics. The simple act of giving and accepting another’s mass is transformed into a profound meditation about beauty, loss and trust.
To achieve this alchemy, the stage elements are reduced to their most essential: eight extraordinary acrobats, a score by Melbourne composer Jethro Woodward and a striking lighting design by Paul Jackson. Layering complex acrobatic sequences with sharp moments of close-up intimacy, the ensemble creates a stripped back circus of the heart that’s uncompromisingly bold and unashamedly athletic.
On by Circa is circus at its contemporary best – as thrilling as it is moving.
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 more than 40 countries to over 1.5 million people. Circa's works have been greeted with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out venues 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, theater and circus.
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 the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Barbican Centre, Les Nuits de Fourvière, and Chamäleon Theatre as well as major Australian Festivals.