Carnival of the Animals

“. . . a delightful and unique experience for children (and their grown ups)” – Australian Stage,AUS

The Circa Carnival comes to town with whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea, who tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom.

Our zebras juggle and flip. Our kangaroos skip and somersault. We’ve elephants with street-cred and rhythm. And even our dinosaur bones shake, clatter and roll to the music.

Carnival of the Animals whisks you away on a thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins. Circa’s acrobats bring this classical music suite to life for a whole new generation of circus, music and animal lovers.


World premiere Brisbane, Australia 2014
Performers 7
Duration 50 minutes


“. . . a spellbinding and mesmerising performance… about wild imagination, explosions of magic and comical humour that speaks to everyone, especially children . . . a spectacle not to be missed.” – Brisbane Kids, AUS // View

“Is there a more joyous sound than a roomful of children laughing and squealing with delight?”- Indaily, AUS // View 

“magical to experience . . . a truly beautiful piece of interactive theatre.” – Theatre Review, NZ // View 


Created by Yaron Lifschitz with the Circa Ensemble
A production by Circa and QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival

Director Yaron Lifschitz
Technical Director/Lighting Designer Jason Organ
Video Design Michaela French
Sound Design/ Composer Quincy Grant
Set Design Yaron Lifschitz, Jason Organ, Libby McDonnell and Michaela French,
Costume Design 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. This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund. 

Tour Dates

Date City Venue
1st - 5th October 2024 Sydney, NSW, Australia Carriageworks

Past Dates

Date City Venue
24th February 2018 Pittsburgh, USA Byham Theater
10th March 2018 Blacksburg, USA Moss Arts Centre
14th - 15th March 2018 Richmond, USA Modlin Centre for the Arts, University of Richmond
21st April 2018 Iowa, USA Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa
4th November 2018 Urbana, USA Krannert Center
18th November 2018 Purchase, USA The Performing Arts Centre
16th - 20th December 2020 Brisbane, Australia QPAC
14th - 17th April 2022 Singapore Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
29th - 2nd June 2022 Brisbane, Australia Playhouse, QPAC
5th - 28th August 2022 Edinburgh, Scotland House of Oz, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
11th - 15th July 2023 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Ithra Theater
12th - 23rd September 2023 Melbourne, Australia Arts Centre Melbourne
6th - 7th July 2024 Kaohsiung, Taiwan National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts-Weiwuying