Wun­derkam­mer – Circa’s cabi­net of cu­riosi­ties

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FRESH from stand­ing ova­tions in Mon­treal, Barcelona, Lyon and New York, Circa ar­rives at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast for two per­for­mances of its se­duc­tive and thrilling cre­ation, Wun­derkam­mer.

It’s been said so many times, but this is no or­di­nary cir­cus.

Circa’s is a won­der­fully unique blend of cir­cus, dance, cabaret and ac­ro­bat­ics.

Wun­derkam­mer brings on plenty of oohs and aahs with its in­dus­trial and sexy de­sign.

Never thought you’d see those two words to­gether, did you? There are no safety nets, so best hold on to your seats.

Yaron Lif­s­chitz and an en­sem­ble of three ac­ro­bats founded Circa in Bris­bane in 2004 with one goal in mind: to tour Aus­tralia.

Nine years on, the cir­cus com­pany’s dream is a re­al­ity. All it had to do in the mean­time was con­quer the world.

‘‘It’s a funny thing in cir­cus, you have to tour Lon­don, New York and Paris, and then you can play in Wan­garatta,’’ says Lif­s­chitz, the com­pany’s artis­tic di­rec­tor.

The Aus­tralian troupe is in full swing af­ter a sold­out tour of Europe, in­clud­ing 100 shows in Ber­lin.

Wun­derkam­mer means cham­ber of won­ders in Ger­man and Circa’s show cer­tainly wows au­di­ences with its in­tox­i­cat­ing brew of cir­cus laced with bur­lesque, wit and as­ton­ish­ing skills.

The vaudevil­lian-in­spired show sees seven per­form­ers of un­be­liev­able abil­ity bend the fab­ric of re­al­ity. Sexy, funny and ex­plo­sive, Wun­derkam­mer is a cock­tail of new cir­cus, cabaret and vaudeville.

‘‘We wanted to make a cir­cus that af­fects au­di­ences, not just de­lights,’’ Lif­s­chitz says. ‘‘We want to take peo­ple on a jour­ney.’’ Au­di­ences will find the tour­ing pro­duc­tion ‘‘sub­tly, but par­tic­u­larly Aus­tralian’’, he says.

‘‘This seven-mem­ber show, which is tour­ing to cities and re­gional cen­tres, could only have been pro­duced in Aus­tralia . . . its fresh­ness strikes you.’’ Above: Circa artis­tic di­rec­tor Yaron Lif­s­chitz (right) and per­former Adam Davis

Con­trol and aban­don, skill and hu­mour, lyri­cism and an­ar­chy meld into a a new way to ex­pe­ri­ence cir­cus.

The cast for the Gold Coast shows fea­tures Nathan Boyle, Jessica Connell, Rob­bie Cur­tis, Casey Dou­glas, Brit­tan­nie Portelli, Kim­ber­ley Rossi and Dun­can West.

Circa’s Wun­derkam­mer plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast to­mor­row and Satur­day at 7.30pm.

Three-ringed cir­cus: Per­form­ers from Circa’s hit show Wun­derkam­mer.

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