Wunderkammer – Circa’s cabinet of curiosities
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.