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On by Circa

★★★★★ “…a stylish, flawlessly executed physical essay on the human need for connection”The Age


“…the ensemble’s extraordinary strength, flexibility, timing, co-ordination and trust in one another thrills and delights”Limelight Magazine

Over the past two decades, Circa has forged a reputation as the most artistically audacious circus on the planet. With productions ranging from large scale operas and vast choreographic spectacles through site specific adventures and intimate chamber works, the breadth of its vision is unparalleled.

For the Company’s new show, On by Circa, Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz explores the gift of weight that lies at the heart of acrobatics. The simple act of giving and accepting another’s mass is transformed into a profound meditation about beauty, loss and trust.

To achieve this alchemy, the stage elements are reduced to their most essential: seven extraordinary acrobats, a score by Melbourne composer Jethro Woodward and a striking lighting design by Paul Jackson. Layering complex acrobatic sequences with sharp moments of close up intimacy, the ensemble creates a stripped back circus of the heart that’s uncompromisingly bold and unashamedly athletic.

On By Circa is circus at its contemporary best – as thrilling as it is moving.


World premiere: Monash, Australia- April 2022
Performers 7
Duration 65 minutes


★★★★★ “…a stylish, flawlessly executed physical essay on the human need for connection.”
The Age // View

★★★★1/2 “…the ensemble’s extraordinary strength, flexibility, timing, co-ordination and sheer trust in one another thrills and delights.”
Limelight // View


Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble

Director Yaron Lifschitz
Original Music Jethro Woodward
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Technical Director Jason Organ
Costume Designer 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

A Monash University commission

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. 

Photo by David Kelly


Click below to see the On by Circa gallery.






Tour Dates

Date City Venue
28th October 2022 Cairns, Australia CPAC Theatre
4th November 2022 Toowoomba, Australia Empire Theatre
23rd - 26th November 2022 Brisbane, Australia Playhouse, QPAC

Past Dates

Date City Venue
7th - 8th April 2022 Melbourne, Australia Alexander Theatre, Monash University Performing Arts Centres
13th - 14th April 2022 Darwin, Australia The Playhouse, Darwin Entertainment Centre
7th May 2022 Wyong, Australia The Art House Theatre
12th May 2022 Geelong, Australia Costa Hall, Geelong Arts Centre
12th August 2022 Adelaide, Australia Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

Circa is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) on the lands of the Jagera and Turrbal people. We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the many lands on which we create and perform. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
Always was. Always will be.