Circa redefines circus in Mandurah | VIDEO

CIRCA has been trying to redefine the future of contemporary circus since beginning in 2006.

Performing in Mandurah last week, the performers are were to show their audiences that circus is no longer about a clown in a big top. 

“I guess we’re Australia’s version of the contemporary circus,” performer Daniel O’Brien said. 

“There are a fair few traditions which we throw out the window. 

“We’re the anti-circus.”

He said Circa was more about the entire performance value rather than bringing out what was expected from them. 

While keeping the circus-style tricks, including acrobatics and aerial work, at the core of each performance the troupe still manages to deliver numerous different performances. 

This includes S and Wunderkammer which was performed at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and  31 Circus Acts in 30 Minutes which they performed at Coodanup Community College.

“Our shows don’t have a narrative,” O’Brien said.

“The tricks are still the important part but there is movement and dance which is incorporated into the show.”

The Helpmann award-winning ensemble creation, S is a full-throttle ride to the limits of the human body.

Based on the letter ‘s’, the performance fuses group acrobatics with intimate emotions. 

Artistic director Yaron Lifschitz was inspired to create an abstract work of power and joy by the curves, symmetries and plurality that are all attributes of this one letter.

Wunderkammer has been described as a “cabaret of the senses” and sees the performers melt into ropes, balloons and bubble wrap while their bodies twist and fly.

Sexy, funny and explosive, Circa presents a breathless cocktail of new circus, cabaret and vaudeville. 

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