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Circus Review: On by Circa

Circa’s splendidly realised On by Circa both delighted and questioned in a thought-provoking and brilliantly conceived adult show.

Having started life in Brisbane in 2004, Circa Contemporary Circus has now become an international touring company recognised as a leading performance company around the world and with an ever-increasing following. In just under 20 years the company has grown exponentially from a small local company to performing in more than 40 countries across six continents and to well over 1.5 million people worldwide.

Under Yaron Lifschitz’s artistic direction, Circa is at the forefront of contemporary physical theatre with its blend of new wave circus, movement, dance and theatre. While many of its shows are family and children orientated, such as Carnival of the Animals and Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show, some are definitely designed to find new adult audiences as well.

Circa’s latest production, On by Circa, certainly fitted the adult bill. Created by Lifschitz with his ensemble of eight performers, this latest work was inspired by the aftermath of COVID and the impact on our lives and social behaviour. At the same time, he explored the limits of physical performance with his exceptional, multi-skilled circus artists, and created a moving narrative that was as much a dance and theatre work as it was pure circus.  In fact, the genre appeared to be a choreographed dance, the ‘On’ in the title referring as much to physical movement on stage as to being ‘ignited’ by others. … link to full length article at the ArtsHub

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