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Yaron Lifschitz Artistic Director Circa

Yaron Lifschitz

Yaron Lifschitz is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, University of Queensland and National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) where he was the youngest director ever accepted into its prestigious graduate director’s course. Since graduating, Yaron has directed over 60 productions including large-scale events, opera, theatre, physical theatre and circus. His work has been seen in 39 countries, across six continents by over one million people.

He was founding Artistic Director of the Australian Museum’s Theatre Unit, Head Tutor in Directing at Australian Theatre for Young People and has been a regular guest tutor in directing at NIDA since 1995. He is currently Artistic Director and CEO of Circa.

With Circa, Yaron has created works such as by the light of stars that are no longer…, CIRCA, Wunderkammer, How Like an Angel, “S”, Beyond, Opus, Carnival of the Animals, Il Ritorno, Humans, and One Beautiful Thing. His recent works have been reviewed as being “stunning”, “exquisite” and “the standard to which all other circuses can aspire”.  Yaron lives in Brisbane with his son, Oscar.


Ensemble

Nathan Boyle

Nathan Boyle has been a natural performer his whole life. After terrorising his parents at a young age with handstands and cartwheels, his parents saw his passion for performing and acrobatics and enrolled him in gymnastics. His passion for acrobatics took him to sports acrobatics where he represented and won titles for New South Wales at many national championships.

After accepting his position at The National Institute of Circus Arts, Nathan specialised in cloudswing, adagio, bungee trapeze and teeterboard. A memorable moment for Nathan whilst at NICA was performing at an International Circus Festival in Auch, France in 2009.

Nathan joined Circa as a full time ensemble member in 2011 and has since entertained audiences nationally and internationally. Some highlights for Nathan so far has been creating and world premiering “S” at Brisbane Festival and travelling around Australia on the CIRCA National Tour in 2012.


Jessica Connell

Jessica Connell completed a Diploma in circus arts at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) 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 in Berlin. She then performed a three-month Australian regional tour of the Helpmann Award-winning show CIRCA.

Jessica says one of her highlights was world premiering “S” at the Brisbane Festival in September 2012, which was her first new creation with the company.


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 hard working 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.


Nicole Faubert

Nicole Faubert has a background in both dance and gymnastics. At the age of 15, at the end of her competitive career in acrobatic gymnastics, Nicole was introduced to the world of circus and hasn’t looked back since.

Nicole started off with flying trapeze and various aerial apparatus’ and hand to hand before she began studying at the National Circus School of Montreal where she specialized in handstands, duo straps and banquine.


Timothy Fyffe

Timothy Fyffe enrolled in circus classes at a young age due to endless levels of energy and no medium to harness it. With this new outlet that catered not only to the physical but the creative aspects of the body and mind, Tim was able to channel this energy and discover his passion.

Captivated by human movement and its limitless possibilities, finding a love for acrobatics came naturally. As the years passed, Tim’s dreams began to grow and as the growth continued, so too did the realization of their reality. Currently in his final year of training at the National Circus School of Montreal, Tim spends his time training all sorts of skills with a strong focus on hand-to-hand, movement and acrobatics.

To create work that provokes feelings and encourages people to ask questions is a strong motivator for Tim. Tim joined Circa in 2016 and performed in the world premiere of Troppo at Brisbane Festival, before touring Europe with Beyond and on the Australian tour of Landscape with Monsters.


Keaton Hentoff-Killian

Keaton Hentoff-Killian is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri where he grew up in a circus called Circus Harmony. He quickly became fascinated with circus and the constant challenges it presented him. During his childhood Keaton has performed in over 2,500 shows.

Taking the next step he moved to Montreal, Quebec when he was 17 and began his four year training at École Nationale de Cirque. At school Keaton studied Tight Wire and Chinese Pole, however upon graduating he wanted to explore other realms of circus and the easiest way to do that was to go to another realm of the world!

Keaton joined the Circa Ensemble in 2016, and has since participated in the world premiere of Humans and One Beautiful Thing.


Lauren Herley

Lauren Herley was born on the 21st of March 1989. The first day of Spring, the first day of Aeries. Lauren graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal, specialising in vertical rope, contortion and handstands.

She has worked and collaborated with Compagnie Dave St-Pierre, Cirque Eloize, Les 7 Doigts de la Main, Cirque du Soleil, Compagnie Marie Chouniard and Nord Nord Est. Lauren is an original cast and creation member of Cirkopolis by Cirque Eloize, with whom she toured Europe, North America and Mexico. She has also performed for many large events such as the opening ceremony for the Vancouver Olympic Games, to many special events and cabarets in Montreal and around the world.

Lauren describes herself as a rope artist, but on stage and in creation has also performed and studied everything from hand to hand to hair hanging. She enjoys risk and the beauty of pain. In her spare time she enjoys playing guitar, singing late at night, listening to jazz music and writing poetry. Lauren joined the Circa ensemble in 2015.


Rowan Heydon-White

Rowan Heydon-White started flying around on a trapeze at an early age. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Physical Theatre, she decided she wanted to actively delve further into circus and so moved to New Zealand to also complete a Diploma in Circus Arts.

Over the years she has performed widely around both Australia and overseas for various events ranging from corporate & private functions, to festivals and many contemporary circus productions. Her highlights so far include touring with Circus Oz, Legs on the Wall, Awkward Productions and Catcher.

Rowan became a full time Circa Ensemble member in 2013, and has participated in the creation of many Circa shows including The Physical Impossibility of Disappearing and Beyond, which Rowan has toured Australia and Europe performing.

 


Bridie Hooper

Bridie Hooper tumbled into Spaghetti Circus at the age of 11, where her imagination became entirely unleashed. She was taught to bend, fly and dream, and at 16, Bridie ventured south to the banks of the Murray River to join the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

In 2008 Bridie bid Australian soils ‘adieu’ to complete her studies at the Montreal National Circus School where she also had the chance to perform in the Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony, at Festival CIRCA, and in the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival in 2010 and 2011.

Upon graduating in 2012 Bridie toured Quebec with Vague de Cirque, performed in GOP Variété Dummy and returned to Australia to work for Circa. Since then, Bridie has toured across America, Europe and Australia and has participated in several new creations for Circa, including When One Door Closes, Humans, and One Beautiful Thing.


Todd Kilby

Todd Kilby from the New South Wales coastal city of Newcastle was born into the life of surfing and all things beach. He is a black belt in Taekwondo and has both trained and performed with Circus Avalon and Hands Free Physical Theatre with whom he won a CONDA for stunt choreography.

Todd joined the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2008 and whilst there worked with the Tangentyre Council in Alice Springs teaching in the local Indigenous Youth Circus Arts Centre. While specializing in Chinese Pole and Hoop Diving he has also been trained in Teeterboard, Adagio, Tumbling and Knockabout.

Todd is a multifaceted performer with a uniquely Australian style combining circus, dance, martial arts and drama. Todd has a passion and love of performing and entertaining audiences through exploration and raw human energy. For Todd, Circa is an elephant of awesome in the Savanna of Circus.


Nathan Knowles

Nathan Knowles had the luck of being introduced to circus at the age of 7 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 4 years specializing 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.


Cecilia Martin

Cecilia Martin grew up as an only child. With Spanish as her first language, she was engaging with her friends physically before she could communicate verbally. She grew up surrounded by sport, music and art and found a passion for circus early on, attending Warehouse Circus in Canberra. Cecilia went on to co-found the company Poncho Circus at the age of fifteen, where she created and performed in circus shows as part of an ensemble.

Cecilia is also a talented musician, demonstrating this by composing scores to three different circus productions. Upon graduating high school, Cecilia went on to study circus full time at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) where she specialized in dance trapeze, Washington trapeze and group acrobatics.

She joined the Circa ensemble in late 2016 and has since participated in the creation of Humans, and One Beautiful Thing.


Conor Neall

Conor Neall grew up doing parkour, gymnastics, martial arts and theatre, and generally jumping around and climbing on things he probably shouldn’t have. At age 17 he discovered diabolo and after a year of obsessive practice he was able to combine his physical skills with a love of performance by attending The Circus Space in London (now the National Centre for Circus Arts).

In 2011 Conor graduated from the Circus Space specialising Chinese pole. During his studies he also developed skills in floor acrobatics, contemporary dance, trampoline/tramp wall and teeterboard. Since graduation Conor has worked in physical theatre, opera, events and contemporary dance as well as circus, performing for companies including the English National Opera, Nike and United Visual Artists. Off stage Conor enjoys exploring, coffee drinking and solving Rubik’s cubes.

Conor first saw a Circa show in 2009, and has performed in various Circa productions including Landscape with Monsters, Wunderkammer and Troppo.


Daniel O’Brien

Daniel O’Brien has been physically active throughout his whole life, primarily focusing on his gymnastics training in his hometown 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 study 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 has fostered an immense passion for circus, honed his skills to a level, which has 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 grew up competing in athletics and playing representative AFL. After seeing one of Circa’s show’s, Kimberley joined Circa’s 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.


Kathryn O’Keeffe

Kathryn O’Keeffe trained in Canberra originally as a gymnast and dancer before going to the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2003 to study dance. She then worked as an independent artist performing as well as creating works that mixed dance, physical theatre and circus for theatre, festivals and events. From 2008 onwards, Kathryn was a performer with Strange Fruit where she toured nationally and internationally for festivals and events in shows such as Swoon!, The Spheres and The Field.

During 2010 Kathryn was part of the seven- month aerial resident company that performed Airbourne – directed by Doug Tremlett and choreographed by Sue Broadway at the World Expo in Shanghai, China.

Kathryn first worked with Circa in 2011 where she performed in the world premiere of Nocturne in South Korea. She has been a full time ensemble member with Circa since 2012 where she has performed in shows including “S”, How Like an Angel, CIRCA, Wunderkammer and Beyond.


Paul O’Keeffe

Paul O’Keeffe, aka ‘the human whippet, dexterous daredevil, neat freak and mister fixit,’ had his first professional gig in 1996 playing one of the lead roles in Company Skylark’s, Wake Baby. Since then he has toured the world from outback Australia to 42nd Street/Broadway, New York performing in circus, dance, puppetry, musical and physical theatre.

Off stage, Paul co-founded circus company Kronik, co-set up a professional circus training studio in Melbourne, co-managed Warehouse Circus, ran independent circus troupes, and co-coordinated and implemented a number of circus workshops including one for 10,000 scouts over a 10 day period.

Paul has performed with companies including Circus Oz, Circus Monoxide, Kronik, Cantina by Strut & Fret Production House, The Australian Choreographic Centre, Jigsaw Theatre Company, Out Of the Blue Studios, Malcom C Cooke & Associates and Legs On The Wall

Paul used to believe in his own immortality, now he just believes he’s a nut. He joined Circa as a full time ensemble member in 2013.


Seppe Van Looveren

Seppe Van Looveren describes himself as a sharp-minded, playful, blue eyed, Belgium fried acrobat! Seppe’s acrobatic and artistic vocation started in his neighbors city garden, leading to his involvement with Ell Circo D’Ell Fuego, an Antwerp-based artistic and social circus project known for ‘training their youngsters into lions.’

After exploring several different techniques and apparatuses, Seppe realised that moving and manipulating his own body and those of others proved to be more than just a hobby. During his involvement with ECDF, he took part in several creations, performing shows all throughout Belgium.

After 6 years at ECDF, Seppe continued his training at The National Circus School of Canada in Montreal. Seppe joined Circa in 2016 and performed in the world premiere of Troppo at Brisbane Festival, before touring Europe with Beyond.


Billie Wilson-Coffey

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.

 


 

Circa Staff

All Circa’s emails are first name@nullcirca.org.au apart from our Finance Department.

Artistic Director & CEO Yaron Lifschitz
General Manager Charlie Cush
Partnerships and Development Manager Donna Orazio
Associate Directors
Ben Knapton
Alice Lee Holland
Libby McDonnell
Technical Director Jason Organ
Senior Producer Danielle Kellie
International Representative – Worldwide Paul Tanguay
International Representative – USA David Lieberman
Production Manager Richard Clarke
Production Coordinator Stephanie Cox
Producer’s Assistant Tanya Bopf
Deputy General Manager Lisa McCready
Marketing Manager Beck Grace
Marketing Coordinator Samuel Boyd
Finance Manager Evan Wright
Training Centre Director Bree Le Cornu
Acting Training Centre Director Casey Douglas
Training Centre Trainers
Ellen Grow
Abby Kelso
Pitisi Hatcher
Alex Mizzen
Rachael Gibson
Daniel Catlow
Miku Ferguson
Rhylee Chapman
Solenne Hegarty
Anelyse Keane
Michael Maggs
Jacob Ramis
Alex Weckes-Huck

arTour Staff

All arTour’s emails are first name@nullartour.com.au apart from our Finance Department.

Creative Broker Luke Harriman
Tour Producer Angie Dunbavan
Marketing Manager Beck Grace
Marketing Coordinator Samuel Boyd
Accounts Assistant  Jen Hamilton

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Creative Lead Team

All Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Game emails are first name@nullfestival2018.org.au.

Co-Creative Directors
Yaron Lifschitz
Kate Fell
Programming Coordinator Amelia Rushton
Creative Producers
Melinda Collie-Holmes
Virginia Hyam
Nadine McDonald-Dowd
Celia Smith
Julianne Pierce

 

Board

Chair Michael Lynch
 Treasurer Ric Roach
 Secretary Lisa McCready
 Member Peter Cunningham, Kerry Comerford