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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 flirts with the limits of desire and the body.

In French Baroque, Circa artists will embody and explore the exquisite music of Rameau, Lully, Marais and other heroes of the French aroque, as it is performed on period instruments by the Brandenburg.

Contemporary circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz blends a diverse range of acrobatics and aerial acts into a seamless journey through the French Baroque, supporting Paul Dyer’s revelatory passticio of music from across this era.

“I have responded by creating a river of moonlight that divides the stage, reflecting singer and acrobat, musician and vocalist. In the interplay between delight and desire, between pleasure and abandonment, we see a world created where bodies seamlessly meld into song, where lives and loves intermingle and where the simple magic of singing speaks clearly to the heart. We’re aiming to expand and enhance the wonderful flavours of the French Baroque. Adding a little drama, some mystery, a touch of sensuality and a few thrills.” – Yaron Lifschitz, Artistic Director

Meet Soprano Claire Lefilliâtre

Joining the performers is French soprano and Baroque specialist Claire Lefilliâtre who has been one of the principal performers in the ensemble Le Poème Harmonique since 1999. Passionate about singing and baroque expression – particularly the interpretation of French and Italian music of the seventeenth century – Claire’s expertise in baroque repertoire has made her a favoured performer with several leading ensembles and has led her to sing on international stages including Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéra de Rouen, Opéra d’Avignon, Philharmonic Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Művészetek Palotája in Budapest, Bozar in Brussels and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.


French Baroque will be performed in Sydney and Melbourne throughout July and August.

Sydney: City Recital Hall Angel Place – July 22 – August 1
Melbourne: Melbourne Recital Centre – July 25 & 26

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.
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