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Australia’s Circa ensemble embodies electrifying explosions of physicality and power in this stunning work that blurs the boundaries of dance, theater, music, and circus arts. Known for their “stratospheric skill” (Australian), the troupe melds circus acrobatics with contemporary dance in the tender and savage En Masse, featuring music by Swedish composer Klara Lewis interspersed with selections from Schubert’s haunting Winterreise and Schwanengesang. Heightening the stakes, a two-piano arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring yields the anarchic energy of acrobats caught in a life-and-death struggle.
“A grand masterwork that challenges the boundaries of dance, theatre, music and circus.”– The Conversation
“Stunning, fearless yet poignantly vulnerable movements.”– New York Times
“The 14 members of the Australian ensemble Circa are more like acrobatic dancers. Or dancing acrobats. Either way, they are amazing.”– New York Times
October 23–25, 2019 Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Robert Murray, tenor
Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Michael Harvey, piano
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with the Circa Ensemble
Music by Franz Schubert, Klara Lewis, and Igor Stravinsky
Yaron Lifschitz, direction and stage design
Yaron Lifschitz and Richard Clarke, lighting design
Libby McDonnell, associate director and costume design
Performance length: One hour and 50 minutes, including intermission