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Introducing Circa Cairns

Creating new possibilities for circus from the nexus of culture and place. Circa is delighted to announce the launch of CIRCA CAIRNS, a bold new chapter in its journey to explore ‘what is possible in circus?’ Circa Cairns is a proudly First Nations-led contemporary circus ensemble. The company’s creative lead is Harley Mann, a proud …

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NEW NATIONAL TRAINING PROJECT PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED 

Circa is pleased to announce a new three-year partnership with Flying Fruit Fly Circus to present the annual National Training Project (NTP) – a training intensive designed specifically for anyone serious about a career in circus, or a chance for those already working in the industry to improve and refine their skills. The NTP has become …

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Circa welcomes Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM as Patron.

Circa is honoured to announce the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM as its inaugural Patron. Announcing the appointment, Circa’s Chair Michael Lynch AO CBE said “We are delighted to welcome Queensland’s new Governor to be the inaugural Patron of Circa. We were proud to learn that accepting the role …

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An important announcement about the future of arTour from Circa’s CEO Yaron Lifschitz

Since 2013, Circa has managed arTour for the Queensland Government. Our committed team has delivered outstanding results for the sector. Over the last eight years arTour has produced 74 Queensland tours that have spent 2000+ days on the road, employed 596 artists who performed in 144 unique locations across the state. arTour has supported more …

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The Future is Bright

As part of our 2021 Youth Week celebrations, we caught up with Senior Zooie, Christina Godwin, to chat about her experiences with Circa Zoo, how to juggle an elite training schedule as a student, and the exciting next steps in her career. Having trained as a gymnast and a dancer as a child, Christina found …

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Good Vibrations

Ori Lichtik is a multifaceted musician, drummer and creative DJ. He is a long-time collaborator with the Israeli-based dance company L-E-V, and its co-founders Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Aside from creating the score for Circa’s Humans 2.0, he is a frequent cast- member for live works, improvising with fresh layers of digitally manipulated effects …

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AS IF BY DESIGN, THERE WAS LIGHT

As part of our exploration behind the scenes at Circa, we turned the spotlight on esteemed lighting designer, Paul Jackson, at the end of a busy day’s rehearsals. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Paul has designed lighting for The Australian Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Berlin Staatsballett, West Australian Ballet, Victorian …

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The Fabric of Circa

Ten years ago, Libby McDonnell walked through our studio doors as Circa’s newly-appointed costume designer. 2010 had been a challenging year, with the company facing cancelled shows as venues and audiences reeled from the repercussions of a global (financial) crisis. It was a year when our Artistic Director, in his annual report, described circus as …

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Through the Lens – Recreating an Icon by Jessica Connell

  Through the Lens Part 2. Jessica Connell has been a Circa Ensemble member for over 9 years. A virtuosic circus artist, she is also an accomplished and passionate photographer. Her time with the company has taken her all around the world and afforded her the opportunity to build a collection of thousands of photographs …

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Through the Lens – A photographic essay by Jessica Connell

Through the Lens Part 1. Jessica Connell has been a Circa Ensemble member for over 9 years. A virtuosic circus artist, she is also an accomplished and passionate photographer. Her time with the company has taken her all around the world and afforded her the opportunity to build a collection of thousands of photographs taken …

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Crisis management and the virtual office

At Circa, we are familiar with crisis situations. Risk is part of our world, and one of the key elements of our art that enthralls audiences across the globe. As we traverse between 10 and 15 countries each year, complications caused by travel cancellations, extreme weather events and of course illness and injury are managed …

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Yaron and Libby behind a convention shattering creation

On February 8, 2020 a defiant new work that triumphs over social and artistic archetypes was performed in front of 12,000 people in Melbourne’s iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Directed and choreographed by Circa’s Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz and Associate Director Libby McDonnell, it featured no circus performance or circus artists, but rather filled the …

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Circa is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) on the lands of the Jagera and Turrbal people. We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the many lands on which we create and perform. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
Always was. Always will be.