Beethoven 9

“Responsively choreographed to meet musical shapes and textures”

– The Australian, AUS

Circa dares to create a physical score for the towering masterpiece of the symphonic repertoire – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

In this first-time collaboration between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Circa, ten world-class circus artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz will present Beethoven’s music in its physical form – with emotionally-charged choreography intricately woven to reflect the score. Extreme skill and dramatic acrobatics play out in this grand celebration of humanity, where the lines between movement, music, dance and theatrics are blurred and boundaries are pushed.


World premiere Melbourne 2020
Performers 10
Duration: 70 minutes


★★★★★ Circa’s interpretation of the 9th was visceral… shifting between shadow and light, contorting into living sculptures both grotesque and elegant, and all too human” – Limelight Magazine, AUS | View

★★★★1/2 Lifschitz created an extremely sympathetic embodiment of the score, impressively executed by 10 performers” – The Age, AUS | View

★★★★1/2 “A rich and thrilling demonstration of the emotional and choreographic potential of contemporary circus, juxtaposing moments of almost balletic grace alongside jaw-dropping feats of strength and skill, set to one of the greatest pieces of orchestral music ever written” – Arst Hub, AUS | View

Responsively choreographed to meet musical shapes and textures.” – The Australia, AUS |  View


February 2020 season with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Benjamin Northey conductor
Yaron Lifschitz director
Circa Contemporary Circus
Maija Kovaļevska soprano
Jacqueline Dark mezzo-soprano
Paul O’Neill tenor
Warwick Fyfe bass
MSO Chorus


Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble

Beethoven 9 with Circa was commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020

Director Yaron Lifschitz
Associate Director Todd Kilby
Costume Designer Libby McDonnell

International Representation

Allen Moon / David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives USA, Canada, Central & South America
Antonin Coutouly / Book Your Show France
Danielle Kellie / Circa Australia & New Zealand
Shaun Comerford / Circa Commercial Projects
Wolfgang Hoffmann / Aurora Nova Worldwide booking & coordination
Yaron Lifschitz / Circa New creations & big dreams

Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Photo by Laura Manariti.

Tour Dates

Past Dates

Date City Venue
21st - 22nd February 2020 Melbourne, Australia Arts Centre Melbourne
10th - 11th June 2022 St. Pölten, Austria Festspielhaus St. Pölten
31st December 2023 - 1st January 2024 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Grand Theater