This Sunday 36 acrobatic performers and dancers will come together for the first time at the Circa Contemporary Circus’s rehearsal studio in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. They will tumble, balance and soar together in testament to the communal human spirit’s power to overcome adversity as part of Brisbane festival’s biggest in-theatre show this September.
Leviathan, to be presented over seven performances at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, will take on a piquant flavour in the age of Covid-19, when humans are being dissuaded by governments from touching one another. Socially distanced audiences, likely to be occupying up to half of the Playhouse’s 850-seat capacity, will have the chance to live vicariously through Circa’s famed sensual body contact.
Brisbane festival features more than 700 Brisbane-based artists this year, including those performing in Leviathan, as international travel bans force big-city Australian festivals to scrap programs featuring overseas talent.
Circa premiered Leviathan at Perth festival in February, joining West Australian-based circus companies on stage a month before Australian theatres were forced to close. The pandemic destroyed Circa’s international touring schedule, alongside those of all touring Australian arts companies.
But Circa has since been granted a physical distancing exemption by Queensland health authorities to continue its rehearsal and performances within the state, because community transmission of the novel coronavirus has since proved substantially lower in Queensland than in Victoria and New South Wales…
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