• CIRCA performers, Robbie Curtis, Skip Walker-Milne and Billie Wilson-Coffey

    CIRCA performers, Robbie Curtis, Skip Walker-Milne and Billie Wilson-Coffey

  • Ramesh Sahathevan, Lim How Ngean and Helen Musa

    Ramesh Sahathevan, Lim How Ngean and Helen Musa

  • Geoff and Sarah Gray

    Geoff and Sarah Gray

  • Sally Richards and Paul Donohoe

    Sally Richards and Paul Donohoe

  • Adelina La Vita and her daughter Ruby Trenton

    Adelina La Vita and her daughter Ruby Trenton

  • Pip Buining and Barb Barnett

    Pip Buining and Barb Barnett

  • Elise Cole and Andrew Spriggs

    Elise Cole and Andrew Spriggs

  • Jo, Lindsay and Ivor Stewart

    Jo, Lindsay and Ivor Stewart

  • Team CIRCA with in front Billie Wilson-Coffey, Skip Walker-Milne, Kathryn O'Keeffe and Rowan Heydon-White, Behind Robbie Curtis, Bridie Hooper and Paul O'Keeffe

    Team CIRCA with in front Billie Wilson-Coffey, Skip Walker-Milne, Kathryn O'Keeffe and Rowan Heydon-White, Behind Robbie Curtis, Bridie Hooper and Paul O'Keeffe

  • Associate Director Rosalind Coleman and Executive Director Kate Fell

    Associate Director Rosalind Coleman and Executive Director Kate Fell

Circa Beyond @ The Canberra Theatre

25 February 2015

Last year it was C!RCA, this year they’ve become CIRCA Beyond, and have gone above and beyond the concept of an acrobatic, aerobatic, gymnastic,  contemporary circus troupe into the realms of a theatricality that’s just a bit beyond the norm and our expectations.

Bodies with bunnies for heads are cute and cuddly but the physicality of this unique blend of performance and storytelling was innovative and adventurous.  Each chapter another astounding sequence of this small troupe of seven – four girls and three boys - doing things that make you cringe, feel the pain and wonder how they can do that. Solving a rubik’s cube needed more than patience, it needed precision and strength and playing tennis required wearing the racquet, while the Chinese pole work might have different connotations for some, the level of ability with the poles was beyond belief as the height to body mass made it unbelieveable a man could hold himself horizontal to the perpendicular. It would be the best party trick at a late night pole dancing venue.

But there’s more to marvel at as the bodies show strength and agility, balance and beauty with breathtaking aspects to a music score of memories. A Total Eclipse of the Heart, Bonnie Tyler’s eighties classic has never sounded so good and Jacques Brel’s distinctive Amsterdam were among the best of a clever mix of music.

It was a short, fast, fun and fabulous performance for this contemporary circus that has made a national and international impact on the ever changing world of the genre. In their Beyond what will they find next?