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En Masse

“Stratospheric skill . . . [Circa] has never looked better”

– The Australian, Australia

A wild, tender and savage ride, En Masse presents two visions of humanity at its extremes through circus settings of Schubert’s Winter’s Journey and selections from Swan Song as well as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Glitches and grooves by Swedish composer Klara Lewis are interspersed with Schubert’s exquisite songs of loss and love as a sole tenor and acrobats from Circa’s legendary ensemble veer between anarchic energy and exquisite loss.

Then Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with its ecstatic tribal energy, is played live by pianists while acrobats are pitted in a life-and-death struggle between group and victim in this first-ever circus setting of Rite of Spring.

Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, the Circa ensemble puts bodies on the line in electrifying explosions of physicality and power.


World premiere 19 September, 2018 – Brisbane, Australia
Performers 10 acrobats + 3 musicians
Duration 110 minutes


“. . . virtuosic physical movement.” – Limelight Magazine | View

“Stratospheric skill . . . [Circa] has never looked better” – The Australian | View

“. . . a grand masterwork that challenges the boundaries of dance, theatre, music and circus.” – The ConversationView


Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble

Direction & Stage Designer Yaron Lifschitz

Music Franz Schubert, Klara Lewis & Igor Stravinsky

Costume Designer Libby McDonnell

Lighting Designer Yaron Lifschitz and Richard Clarke

Assistant Costume Designer Anna Handford

Costume Creation Sue Gibson, Janie Grant, Anna Handford & Amanda Lakin

Technical Director Jason Organ

Props John Blake

Producer Danielle Kellie


Tenor Robert Murray

Pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska & Michael Kieran Harvey


The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky is used by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agent for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers of London.

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 the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. 
Photography by Damien Bredberg.


Discover the music from En Masse curated by Yaron Lifschitz. Music is subject to change, may not be the same version and some tracks may not be available on Spotify. #circacircus

Tour Dates

Past Dates

Date City Venue
19th - 21st September 2018 Brisbane, Australia The Playhouse, QPAC - Brisbane Festival
5th - 6th July 2019 Stuttgart, Germany Colours International Dance Festival
23rd - 24th July 2019 Barcelona, Spain Palau de la Musica
23rd - 25th October 2019 New York City, USA White Light Festival

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