Sacre is a performance of its generation, defying new techniques and new approaches to a traditional circus performance.”


Poetic tenderness. Raw emotion. Physical strength.

Ten acrobats from the Circa ensemble bring Stravinsky’s seminal The Rite of Spring to the circus stage. Pulsating with tension and infused with dark humour, this distinctive production from Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz confronts humanity’s inter-connectivity, our inherent sexual desire and relationship with divinity.

Featuring a piercing lighting design by Veronique Benett and a stirring new composition by Phillippe Bachman for the first half, Sacre penetrates the senses and stirs the soul.


World premiere Wollongong, Australia – January 2021
Performers 10
Duration 65 minutes


“…consistently fascinating choreography…” – Marler Zeitung, Germany | View

“Beyond the mesmerising appreciation for the performers’ skillful proficiency and physical risks taken, Sacre communicates a deeper sense of the essential humanity we all share in seeking sensual and soulful connection and relationship.” – LA Art Part, USA   View

“…will mesmerise you from the very beginning.”Broadway World, USA | View


Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble

Commissioned by Merrigong Theatre Company.

Co-produced by La Comete

Director  Yaron Lifschitz
Music Philippe Bachman & Igor Stravinsky
Lighting Designer Veronique Benett
Costume Designer Libby McDonnell
Technical Director Jason Organ
Producer Danielle Kellie

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.

Photo by Pedro Greig.

Tour Dates

Date City Venue
12th - 13th March 2025 Pau, France Espace Pluriels

Past Dates

Date City Venue
28th - 30th January 2021 Wollongong, Australia Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
14th May 2021 Recklinghausen, Gerramy Ruhrfestspiele
30th January 2022 Boulder, USA Macky Auditorium Concert Hall
2nd - 3rd February 2022 Irvine, USA Irvine Barclay Theatre
4th - 5th February 2022 Santa Monica, USA The Broad Stage
10th - 11th February 2022 Arizona, USA Centennial Hall, Arizona Arts Live
15th February 2022 Lewisburg, USA The Weiss Center, Bucknell University
22nd February 2022 Storrs, USA Jorgensen Center for the Arts
3rd - 4th March 2022 Fayetteville, AR, USA Walton Arts Center
5th March 2022 Overland Park, USA Yardley Hall, Midwest Trust Center
14th April 2022 Brugge, Belgium Cultuurcentrum Brugge
17th April 2022 Budapest, Hungary Müpa Budapest
3rd - 4th May 2022 Chalons-en-Champagne, France La Comète
20th May 2022 Mamer, Luxembourg Kinneksbond, Center Culturel Mamer
24th - 28th May 2022 Brighton, UK Theatre Royal Brighton
15th - 16th June 2022 Den Haag, Netherlands Amare, Den Haag Danstheater
2nd - 3rd July 2022 Sibiu, Romania Lulu Hall, Sibiu International Theatre Festival
12th - 13th July 2022 Gran Canaria, Canary Islands Centro Insular de deportes de Grand Canaria
15th - 16th July 2022 Tenerife, Canary Islands Teatro Guimerá
2nd September 2022 Groningen, Netherlands SPOT Groningen
7th - 9th September 2022 Dusseldorf, Germany Festival Marquee, Burgplatz
5th October 2022 Modesto, USA Gallo Center for the Arts
9th October 2022 Sonoma, USA Weill Hall, Sonoma State University
12th October 2022 Santa Barbara, USA Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara
21st October 2022 Illinois, USA Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
17th - 21st January 2023 Vancouver, British Columbia Dancehouse, Vancouver Playhouse
1st - 3rd February 2023 Quebec City, Quebec Le Diamant
9th - 11th February 2023 Boston, Massachusetts Boch Center Shubert Theatre
22nd February 2023 Lake Placid, New York Lake Placid Center for the Arts
18th March 2023 Alencon, France Theatre d'Alencon
4th - 5th April 2023 Echirolles, France La Rampe
7th April 2023 Arcachon, France Olympia Theater
12th March 2024 Viersen, Germany Festhalle Viersen
13th March 2024 Lippstadt, Germany Stadttheater Lippstadt
14th March 2024 Remscheid, Germany Teo Otto Theater
15th March 2024 Iserlohn, Germany Parktheater Iserlohn
17th March 2024 Lünen, Germany Heinz-Hilpert-Theater
26th - 27th March 2024 Helsinki, Finland Cirko