The circus is coming to town, Australia’s Circa, a bold contemporary circus company, is visiting the Chan Shun Concert Hall, April 28th.
The Brisbane-based company, formed in 2004, has performed all around the world, and bring’s its show, Opus, to Vancouver. Circa brings 14 acrobats to the Chan stage, and occasionally suspended above the stage, to perform gravity-defying feats and skills, alongside four musicians playing a live accompaniment.
In 2018 The Circus as a form of performance is celebrating its 250th anniversary. Circa’s Opus is the latest evolution of the art form, bringing the history of The Circus, with the century plus tradition of France’s esteemed Debussy String Quartet stirring music of Dmitri Shostakovich
“Circa’s Opus is a breathtaking and extremely moving work,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “It is also an entirely new—and wonderfully unusual—way to experience a live performance of the Shostakovich quartets, which are beautifully played by the Debussy Quartet.”
Circa forgoes conventional elements such as clowns, juggling, and elaborate sets. Instead, performers use the strength of their own bodies to redefine classic “Big Top” showmanship, executing exquisitely choreographed acts and heart-stopping physical feats with grace and precision.
Circa’s Opus brings thrills to the Chan Centre Saturday April 28, 2018, at 8pm. A post-show talk-back (free for ticket holders) with members of Circa and the Debussy String Quartet takes place immediately after the performance.
Tickets are on sale now or in person at the Chan Centre