Feathers will fly in Circa’s exuberant take on Swan Lake.
The world’s most romantic ballet is reimagined as an acrobatic spectacular, full of Circa’s signature physicality and shot through with cheeky humour, enchanting duets and colourful surrealism.
You’ll meet a clumsy film crew, a sequinned flipper wearing duck army and a burlesque black swan. There’ll be sumptuous aerials, dynamic cyr wheel and of course feathers! Touching, funny and completely entertaining, Duck Pond is a tale of identity and finding your true self.
Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz (“the Caravaggio of contemporary circus”) with ten members of the globally renowned Circa ensemble, this will be one of Circa’s most ambitious works yet with haute couture costumes courtesy of Libby McDonnell, music by Jethro Woodward (with hints of Tchaikovsky) and lighting from Alexander Berlage.
Image by Damien Bredberg.
World premiere Brisbane, Australia – July 2023
Duration 70 minutes
“Messing with Swan Lake is a risky business. You wouldn’t want to do that unless you were a bit of a genius. It so happens Yaron Lifschitz is” – In Queensland//View
“Boldly dramatic in its chaos and also charmingly magical in its whimsy” – Blue Curtains Brisbane//View
★★★★ “Daring and a desire to go beyond…is what keeps Circa on the cutting edge” – Limelight//View
“Hugely entertaining and impressive” – Limelight//View
“Truly talented group of energetic performers with world-class balancing and stage craft skills that astound and amaze” – Stage Whispers//View
★★★★ ½ “Duck Pond may just be one of the most exhilarating and thought-provoking shows you will see this year” – Arts Hub//View
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with the Circa Ensemble
Duck Pond is co-commissioned by QPAC and The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi; The Art House Wyong; Frankston Arts Centre; HOTA – Home of the Arts; Merrigong Theatre Company and Orange Civic Theatre.
Director Yaron Lifschitz
Composer and Sound Designer Jethro Woodward
Costume Designer Libby McDonnell
Head of Wardrobe Anna Handford
Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Associate Director Marty Evans
Dramaturg and Associate Choreographer Rani Luther
Voice Over Artist Elise Greig
Footage of brutal swan fight used with the kind permission of Carl Bovis.
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.
|5th - 8th July 2023||Brisbane, Australia||The Playhouse, QPAC|