Duck Pond

Feathers will fly in Circa’s exuberant take on Swan Lake.

The world’s most romantic ballet is re-imagined as a circus spectacular, full of Circa’s signature physicality and shot through with cheeky humour and a thoroughly contemporary energy.

Be swept away by this tale of swans and hapless princes sparkling with quirky touches like the sequinned flipper-wearing duck army and a burlesque black swan. There are sumptuous aerials, jaw-dropping acrobatics and of course feathers! Touching, funny and utterly entertaining, Duck Pond is a tale of identity and finding your true self.

Image by Damien Bredberg.


World premiere Brisbane, Australia – July 2023
Performers 10
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.

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.


Tour Dates

Date City Venue
4th - 6th July 2024 Sydney, NSW, Australia Sydney Coliseum
9th - 13th July 2024 Montreal, Canada Montreal Completement Cirque
19th - 24th July 2024 Galway, Ireland Galway International Arts Festival
5th October 2024 Boulder, Colorado, USA CU Presents
23rd October 2024 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Utah Presents
19th - 30th December 2024 London, England Southbank Centre
22nd - 25th January 2025 Vancouver, Canada Dance House

Past Dates

Date City Venue
5th - 8th July 2023 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia The Playhouse, QPAC
10th - 12th May 2024 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates NYUAD
17th - 18th May 2024 Macau Instituto Cultural Macao