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En masse

Circa Contemporary Circus

Direction: Yaron Lifschitz

Palau de la Música Catalana | 23/07 - 24/07

Australian-based contemporary circus company Circa is back to the Grec Festival with a show that, once again, challenges the risk in an electrifying and explosive performance of physical ability and energy to the music of Stravinski and Schubert.

After presenting their show Opus (2013 Grec and Teatre Lliure 2018), Circa is back to our city in with a new production titled En Masse, a wild and tender journey that put forward  two views of the extremes of human existence with music of Schubert and Stravinsky. Ten artists of this company will amaze us once again with the technical perfection of their acrobatics while three musicians, including a local tenor and two pianists will play the soundtrack live. The show uses circus, music and movement to display the beginning and ending of human existence. In the first part of the show titled Endings, we will see a post-apocalyptic scenario in which the artists would talk to us with impossible evolutions of individual behaviours and group dynamics, moments of cooperation and of destructive selfishness, of aggressiveness and tenderness to the music of lieder from Winterreise (Winter Trip) and of Schwanengesang (The Singing of the Swan), both works by Schubert entangled with electronic music creations of the Swedish artist Klara Lewis.

In the second part of the show, Beginnings, you will hear a piano solo arrangement of The Rite of Spring created by Stravinsky for the Russian Ballets of Sergei Diaghilev. In this part, Circa takes over Vaslav Nijinsky, who created the original choreography of that ballet, and turns dance into circus. In line with the music, this second part suggests a rebirth of the world, a door open to hope, all done in a brilliant performance that breaks the boundaries between theater, music, dance and circus.

Produced by Circa

This show is recommended for audiences from +12 years old onwards.

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

This performance is presented together by Grec 2019 Festival de Barcelona and Palau de la Música Catalana.


Artistic card

Concept: Yaron Lifschitz with the Circa team Music: Franz Schubert, Klara Lewis, Igor Stravinsky Interpretation: Circa Ensemble Musical performance: Hans Jorg Mammel (tenor), Jordi Masó (piano), Miquel Villalba (piano) Stage direction and design: Yaron Lifschitz Lighting design: Richard Clarke, Yaron Lifschitz Costume design: Libby McDonnell Costume supervision: Anna Handford Technical direction: Jason Organ Theatre Props: John Blake Production: Danielle Kellie International representative: Wolfgang Hoffmann, Aurora Nova Photography: Damien Bredberg


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Discipline Circus

Dates and schedules Tuesday 23/7 - 20:00 H Wednesday 24/7 - 20:00 H

Space Palau de la Música Catalana

Duration110 min

LanguageNo words performance

Price16-30 €

Directed toFrom Melbourne to New York

Other criteria International


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