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En Masse

 ★★★★★ … a beautiful, fearlessly honest celebration of flesh and blood.

– The Herald Scotland, UK (on Circa’s Humans)

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 leading English tenor Rob Murray 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 acclaimed pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Michael Kieran Harvey 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
Touring History Australia


Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble

Music by Franz Schubert, Klara Lewis & Igor Stravinsky
Performed by the Circa Ensemble
Tenor Robert Murray
Pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Michael Kieran Harvey

Direction and Stage Design Yaron Lifschitz
Lighting Design Yaron Lifschitz & Richard Clark
Costume Design Libby McDonnell
Wardrobe Supervision Anna Handford
Technical Director Jason Organ
Props John Blake
Producer Danielle Kellie

International Representation
Wolfgang Hoffmann / Aurora Nova (Worldwide, except territories below)
David Lieberman / David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives (USA, South America, Canada)
Danielle Kellie / Circa (Australia / New Zealand)
Yaron Lifschitz / Circa (New Creations / Collaborations / 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.

Tour Dates

Past Dates

Date City Venue
19th - 21st September 2018 Brisbane, Australia The Playhouse, QPAC - Brisbane Festival