A Different Kind of Circus Comes to Town
Australia’s Circa pushes boundaries between circus and dance. Hot off a
world tour, the ensemble comes to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica
SANTA MONICA, CA, February 10, 2014 — From Brisbane, Australia, comes Circa — a bold
vision of contemporary circus performance that has quickly risen to become one of the most
acclaimed circus ensemble in the world. Circa performs on Santa Monica’s The Broad Stage on
Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Critics around the world have raved about its shows calling the work “stunning … exquisite …
heart stopping… electrically charged.”
Circa returns to the U.S. this year for its fourth nationwide tour after receiving international
acclaim. Under the artistic direction of Yaron Lifschitz, the troupe combines astonishing physical
mastery with poetic resonance and pushes the boundaries between circus theatrics and dance.
“Hundreds of cities around the world have risen to their feet in celebration of Circa and we are
delighted to welcome them to Santa Monica,” says Dale Franzen, Director of The Broad Stage.
“The blending of bodies, light, sound, and skills meld into a seamless whole that redefines the
nature of circus,” says Franzen.
Circa presents a breathless cocktail of acrobatics, dance and cabaret paired with an immersive
use of sound, light and projection. The company’s multi-talented performers reveal the
outstanding strength and beautiful architecture of the human body in a risk-taking performance
that London’s Guardian calls “breathtaking, beautiful, and sexy.”
As artistic director and CEO of Circa, Yaron Lifschitz has helped redefine the idea of a circus into
something artistic, emotional, and challenging. The company pays homage to the classic circus
while sharing its new vision of theatrical, multimedia, boundary-pushing productions.
At its Broad Stage debut, Circa will perform its self-titled show which has been described as its
most accessible and engaging work. The large-scale show was originally remixed from three of
the company’s most acclaimed works, but it continually evolves.
“The impulse at times is to rub your eyes in disbelief – not a good move, because this
show is quite a sight to see.” – The Boston Globe
“…in its sheer force of daring and corporeal ingenuity…it might become one of the
Wonders of the World.” – The Arts Desk (UK)
Brisbane-based Circa is a company of international significance due to its impressive reputation
for innovation, international touring, and repertoire. The company started out as the Rock ‘n’
Roll Circus in 1987, but Yaron Lifschitz changed the name when he took over in 2004 — he
wanted something more edgy, more unmistakably circus-like. The touring troupe is made up of
seven core members, each of them highly trained in the circus arts. Though young, most of the
members have been performing for years, with resumes boasting stints at the National Institute
of Circus Arts, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and other companies around the world. Circa runs a
training center with an impressive workshop program at its professional studio in Brisbane and
partners with schools and affiliates throughout Australia.
For Calendar Section
What: A performance of acrobatics, dance, light, and music that redefines circus.
Where: The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage
St. Santa Monica CA 90401
When: Friday, March 14, & Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Prices $47-$75
www.thebroadstage.com or call the Box Office at 310.434.3200
About The Broad Stage
Under the leadership of Director Dale Franzen and Artistic Chair Dustin Hoffman, The Eli and Edythe
Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center opened its doors in October 2008.
Inspired by Italian “horseshoe” theaters, yet conceived in an absolutely contemporary vernacular,
The Broad Stage is an artist’s dream and an audience’s delight. Unlike any performance space
in the country, it is sublimely intimate with 499-seats and strikingly grand at the same time–
allowing eye contact with artists from the boxes to the back row–forging a new kind of artist and
audience experience in Los Angeles. Theater shows, dance, film, operas, musicals, symphony and
chamber orchestras are presented on one of the city’s largest proscenium stages. In addition to
The Broad Stage, The Edye Second Space, a smaller black box theater, presents new, developing
and innovative work in theater, music and dance as part of the Under the Radar Series. Featuring
younger, innovative artists and chamber pieces and plays, programming at The Edye is
intentionally spontaneous, reflecting the dynamic nature of the space and allowing the latest,
most exciting artists to be booked on short notice. The Broad Stage Arts Insights education and
outreach program offers opportunities for cultural exposure through various student events,
currently reaching 12,000 students and diverse community members annually through over 30
free and low-cost events.
The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th
Street, Santa Monica CA 90401. Parking is FREE. For more information and future shows, please
their website at http://thebroadstage.com/circa