Fresh Start and Old Ending? Australian Circus Company Circa Brings Its Second U.S. Premiere to NYC with En Masse  - CircusTalk

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Fresh Start and Old Ending? Australian Circus Company Circa Brings Its Second U.S. Premiere to NYC with En Masse 

A man (Robert Murray) draped in robes sings a Schubert aria, his knit hat, fingerless gloves and staff in hand suggest that it is some sort of wandering remnant of lost time, grieving the various bodies collapsed on the floor across the stage. As he sings, the bodies begin to roll out of view, save one: a contortionist (Kimberly O’Brian) attempting some sort of distorted self-assembly. She pulls herself apart and pieces herself back together until she approaches the man (who has been mostly ignoring her). She briefly rests her foot on his slumped shoulder as he continues to sing, and then performs a gentle back walkover to the floor before simply standing up and walking offstage with pedestrian ease. 
This is the opening scene of Circa’s En Masse, Australian director Yaron Lifschitz’s most recent work with the prolific and virtuosic company he has helmed for two decades. The show is celebrating its American premiere in Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, its second U.S. premiere with this festival following How Like An Angel in 2014. In the director’s notes for En Masse, Lifschitz describes his initial ideas as: “an incoherent gabble about wanting to combine The Rite of Spring...
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Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is an NYC based director and performer known for her theatrical take on aerial arts. She is co-founding artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre (ASYLUM NYU Skirball CN:ICE, Framework INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival). Her work as aerial designer and choreographer has most notably been included in Ripe Time’s The World is Round at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) directed by Rachel Dickstein. Recently Nicki was assistant director of 5th Wall Studio's Breaking Surface in NYC. She has also been a resident artist at Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden), the 2016/17 New Victory LabWorks Program, the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, Circus Sessions at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, and was the recipient of the Glenn P. Davis Aerial Choreographer’s scholarship award for the 2018 Frequent Flyers’ Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado. In 2017 Nicki spent two months in Europe assisting and observing projects at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare's Globe, as well as advanced training with Frantic Assembly. She also completed a creative residency in Sweden, where she also shadowed Cirkus Cirkör director Olle Strandberg on the premiere of his new show Under. Nicki is a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is also a freelance director, aerial theatre consultant, and educator.