• Claire eand Eric Soulier

    Claire eand Eric Soulier

  • C!RCA performer Duncan West and his mum Sally Richards

    C!RCA performer Duncan West and his mum Sally Richards

  • C!RCA performers, Nathan Boyle, Brittanie Portelli, Gerramy Marsden and Jessica Connell

    C!RCA performers, Nathan Boyle, Brittanie Portelli, Gerramy Marsden and Jessica Connell

  • Lynne and Ian McLean-

    Lynne and Ian McLean-

  • Denise Skea, Koula Notaras and Sonia Owens-

    Denise Skea, Koula Notaras and Sonia Owens-

  • Peter and Robyn Jordan

    Peter and Robyn Jordan

  • Layla Brady and Sophia Brady

    Layla Brady and Sophia Brady

  • Marilyn Cooper and St3ephanie Carey

    Marilyn Cooper and St3ephanie Carey

  • Millie Drummond, Jane Mackie and Jo Drummond

    Millie Drummond, Jane Mackie and Jo Drummond

  • Fiona Nelson and Joshua Carr

    Fiona Nelson and Joshua Carr

  • John Peacroft, David Atfield and Neil Roach

    John Peacroft, David Atfield and Neil Roach

C!RCA @ The Canberra Theatre

6 August 2014

There are theatre shows that creep up on you. You don’t know what they’re about, haven’t researched them nor caught up with the stage whispers and goss that usually abounds. C!RCA fits the bill and after the event I’m now a fan of this hard to define contemporary circus experience.

Seven fit young performers combined acrobatics, aerobics, gymnastics, contemporary dance with music and choreography to create a theatre experience that demonstrated exceptional physicality, musculature and a mesmerizing blending of movement and agility. One among them is a local. Duncan West is fit, lean and slight of frame but physically seems to defy gravity with his performance that had his mother on the edge of her seat in the audience watching with trepidation because she knows the risk. And that’s the essence of C!RCA, a clever mix of bodies pushing to a limit only they know and finding a smooth and extraordinary choreography of movement to entertain an audience who thinks circus should have fairy floss and lions.

Home for C!RCA is Brisbane and during 2013 this little company performed locally, nationally and internationally 420 times and maintained a very successful Training Centre for all ages to try hard to emulate this level of fitness that is beyond most of us. But what is so exciting is they are pushing the boundaries as creator and director Yaron Lifschitz’s vision becomes the passion of his ensemble.