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Behind the scenes of Il Ritorno

Hear the inspiration behind the Carnival of the Animals video design

“The initial ideas for Carnival of the Animals came out of a week long development process with Yaron Lifschitz and Libby McDonnell in Berlin in Dec 2013. I flew back to London with an imagined world inside my head and spent the following six months finding ways to bring that world to life. I wanted …

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Yaron on why ‘Il Ritorno’ is personal to him…

Sometimes, as they say in the movies, ‘this one is personal’. That is how I feel about Il Ritorno. It’s personal because the classics of antiquity have much to teach us. I came to them late, mainly through reading the great Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert whose writings changed my life. Once I heard the deep …

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Meet Conor & Lisa as they talk Wunderkammer

1. When did you discover that you wanted to pursue a career in circus? LISA: I was first introduced to circus at the age of 6 when my family went on a vacation to Las Vegas, where I saw my first circus show Mystère by Cirque du Soleil. Since then, I have always had a …

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French Baroque with the Brandenburg Orchestra

About French Baroque A stage bathed in moonlight. The sumptuous sounds of the French Baroque, a glamorous French soprano sings of love, longing and loss.

 From the shadows, strange creatures emerge – walking on their hands, bending over their backs, hanging by their feet.

Soon bodies and song are entwined in an intricate and seductive dance that …

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Meet Bridie Hooper as she talks Beyond

Can you tell us a little about your background? I’ve been doing circus since the age of 11, it began as a casual after school activity and then I became completely addicted. I loved the physical challenges, the creativity and the encouragement and love that everyone shared with one another. Upon deciding that I wanted …

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Freya talks Carnival of the Animals

  1. Tell us a little bit about Carnival of the Animals? Carnival of the Animals is a magical world created around Camille Saint-Saëns famous chamber suite from the 1880’s. The show is based around transformations, from human to animal, animal to animal, how a body can morph into many different forms. It was first …

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On tour dining tips with Jess Connell

1. What is the longest you’ve stayed in an apartment/hotel room for one period of time… The longest I have every stayed in one place was my first trip with Circa, four years ago. We went to Berlin and stayed for 8 months. Since then the longest has been 2 months in Lyon or a …

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Meet the What Will Have Been violinist, Rebecca Seymour

Rebecca Seymour from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra is the solo musician in our new show What Will Have Been, which will premiere at Norwich and Norfolk Festival in May. We spoke to Bec about the show, how it differs from playing in an orchestra and being a new mum… 1. How long have you been playing violin? Do …

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Meet new acrobat Lauren Herley..

Tell us about your background? What were you doing before you joined Circa? I graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal in 2012 as a specialist in vertical rope, contortion and handstands, but I constantly trained in solo and group acrobatics as well as my curiosity and love for hand to hand and many …

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Circa welcomes new Chair Sam Strong

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chair, Sam Strong. Strong brings a wealth of experience to the position, and is currently Associate Artistic Director at Melbourne Theatre Company. Sam Strong will take over from the incumbent Karyn Brinkley who ends her term as Chair after five years. Ms Brinkley has taken great …

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We welcome Rudi as our new Head of Circus

February, 2015 Earlier this month Rudi ‘the strong man’ Mineur waved farewell to the Circa stage after a spectacular 2 decades of performing. We’re thrilled to announce that Rudi is continuing at Circa and has taken up the newly created position of Head of Circus. This exciting new role will see him teaching classes in …

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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.