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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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Art, empathy and crossing borders – Yaron Lifshitz’s provocation at the ISPA (International Society of Performing Arts) Conference in New York City 16/01/2020

Leviathan rehearsals Yesterday I was pitching Leviathan, our show with a cast of 36. The number 36 was chosen because the Talmud tells us of the Lamed Vav – the 36 righteous people on whom the fate of the world rests. This is an important gathering, and while I think righteous might be pushing the …

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Taking Five with Marty Evans

Amid the whirlwind of performing Humans five times a week at Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe, acrobat and all-round incredible human Marty Evans caught up with us to talk Humans, pre-show rituals and inspirations.   How did you originally come to be a circus performer? I found circus late while I was studying a maths/chemistry degree at the …

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Meet Our En Masse Tenor Hans Jörg Mammel

Circa was delighted to collaborate with prolific tenor Hans Jörg Mammel for our recent performances of En Masse in Stuttgart and Barcelona. En Masse is a wild, tender and savage ride, presenting two visions of humanity at its extremes through circus settings of Schubert’s Winter’s Journey and selections from Swan Song as well as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Hans joins our ensemble onstage …

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