Brisbane Festival and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present

En Masse


19 - 22 Sept | QPAC - Playhouse




Circa (AUS)

World Premiere

"★★★★★ … a beautiful, fearlessly honest celebration of flesh and blood." THE HERALD SCOTLAND, UK
"A clear demonstration of the artistry of circus." THE GUARDIAN, UK

A wild, tender and savage ride, En Masse presents two visions of humanity at its extremes through circus settings of Schubert’s Winter’s Journey and selections from Swan Song as well as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Glitches and grooves by Swedish composer Klara Lewis are interspersed with Schubert’s exquisite songs of loss and love as leading English tenor Rob Murray and acrobats from Circa’s legendary ensemble veer between anarchic energy and exquisite loss.

Then Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with its ecstatic tribal energy, is played live by acclaimed pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Michael Kieran Harvey while acrobats are pitted in a life-and-death struggle between group and victim.

This is the first-ever circus setting of Rite of Spring. Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz and seen by over one million people in 39 countries, the Circa ensemble puts bodies on the line in electrifying explosions of physicality and power.




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This performance uses a smoke and haze machine. Suitable for audiences 12+ years.
Image by Damien Bredberg

Creative TEAM

En Masse
Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble

Director Yaron Lifschitz
Costume Designer Libby McDonnell
Technical Director Jason Organ
Producer Danielle Kellie
Vocalist Robert Murray
Pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska & Michael Kieran Harvey
Additional music by Klara Lewis

Performed by the Circa Ensemble

Caroline Baillon
Nathan Boyle
Martin Evans
Keaton Hentoff-Killian
Rowan Heydon-White
Bridie Hooper
Nathan Knowles
Todd Kilby
Cecilia Martin
Daniel O’Brien
Kimberley O’Brien

Due to the nature of circus performance, the individuals in the Circa Ensemble are subject to change.

Circa respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands, waters and seas on which we work and live, paying respects to Elders, past, present and future.

Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.






Brisbane Times Festival Conversations after performance - Thu 20 Sept

Includes interval

Duration : 115 minutes

QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

$40 - $65 + booking fee

Wheelchair accessible, assistive listening available

Paid car parks at QPAC and South Bank Parklands.

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