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Circa – Curatorial Statement
November 16, 2010
by Associate Curator Dani Fecko
I’ve always wanted to run away to join the circus. Since I was a little girl I had fantasies of becoming a tight rope walker or lion tamer. Unfortunately the reality of life is that my skills lend themselves much more to working for organizations that present Circus, rather than being in the circus itself.Given all of this, you can imagine how excited I am that Circa is part of the 2011 PuSh Festival and bringing together of three of the company’s most loved works.
Circa is a world renowned contemporary circus group which hails from Brisbane, South Australia. After joining us in 2008 with The Space Between we are thrilled to have them returning with Circa, their “best of” show and 46 Circus Acts in 45 minutes.
How to describe all that Circa is? How to describe the sexiness that presides as they make their every move, the emotions evoked as they toss one another in the air, the way their bodies are lit as they walk over each other, and the honest excitement of seeing their movements cooperate so beautifully with one another? How to describe the intelligent blend of bodies and technology, the beat perfect precision of their timing and the jaw dropping strength of their entire beings? I don’t know that I can do any of it justice with my typed words. It is times like these that I wish I could have you all in my living room as hand motions, facial expressions and different tones of voice would make describing how breathtaking and jaw dropping this show is much easier. Even then, I don’t think I could do it as much justice as experiencing for yourselves would do.
46 Circus Acts in 45 minutes sticks true to the old circus adage “fun for the whole family!” and it has proved to be just that all over Canada, UK and the USA. In fact, this is it’s encore performance here at PuSh as it played to a sold out crowd during our 2008 Festival.
Programming shows that the whole family can enjoy is a new foray for the PuSh Festival and one that I am personally very passionate about. It brings me great joy to know that children, parents and grandparents alike will be wowed by this funny, fast and furious performance that features multi-skilled performers bending, flying, juggling and balancing against the clock.
Whether you are returning to Circa again after being left in awe by them in 2008 or whether you are bringing your child to their first theatre experience, there is not a doubt in my mind that their passion and virtuosity will leave you wanting them to come back again in 2012.