C!RCA Is Circus That Moves the Heart, Mind, and Soul

Carolina Performing Arts will present "C!RCA: Circus That Moves the Heart, Mind, and Soul" at 7:30 p.m. on March 20th and 21st in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus
Carolina Performing Arts will present "C!RCA: Circus That Moves the Heart, Mind, and Soul" at 7:30 p.m. on March 20th and 21st in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus

Carolina Performing Arts will present "C!RCA: Circus That Moves the Heart, Mind, and Soul" at 7:30 p.m. on March 20th and 21st in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus
Carolina Performing Arts will present "C!RCA: Circus That Moves the Heart, Mind, and Soul" at 7:30 p.m. on March 20th and 21st in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus

Carolina Performing Arts will present C!RCA: Circus That Moves the Heart, Mind, and Soul at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20th and 21st, in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The show was created by C!RCA artistic director Yaron Lifschitz and the ensemble of the Australian company, which is based in Fortitude Valley, Queensland.

On its website, the company writes, “C!RCA is a large-scale creation for seven performers, remixed from three of the company’s most acclaimed works. After lauded seasons in Germany, Edinburgh[, Scotland], and London[, England], C!RCA continues its ongoing touring worldwide.

“Flexible, scalable, and capable of playing 600- to 1,600-seat theaters, this is C!RCA’s most accessible and engaging main-stage work — the perfect show to bring C!RCA’s sophisticated sensibility to wider audiences everywhere.”

According to Carolina Performing Arts:

“In a jaw-dropping fusion of dance, extreme circus skills and raw emotion, Australia’s cheeky C!RCA performers push their own dangerous limits at breakneck speed. Abandoning themselves to terrifying adventures, their signature style combines physical beauty, formidable talent, and a barrage of sound, light and projection.

“Tapping into the fragile nature of all that it means to be human, this sophisticated, hugely entertaining company is muscling its way into the mainstream, blazing its way through Europe and leaving audiences and critics hungering for more.”

In addition to director Yaron Lifschitz, the C!RCA creative team for this show includes producer Diane Stern, associate director Ben Knapton, lighting designer Jason Organ, and costume designer Libby McDonnell.

In reviewing a previous performance of the group, Lyn Gardner of The Guardian (U.K.) asked, “Can circus do politics? Can it say meaningful things about the relationship between men and women? Explore the risks and co-operation necessary for humanity to survive when all seems lost? The answer is a resounding yes in the case of Australian circus company C!RCA, which comes trailing glory and doesn’t disappoint in this 75-minute Edinburgh-bound show of greatest hits. Not since James Thiérée’s Au Revoir Parapluie, and Les 7 Doigts de la Main’s Traces, has the U.K. seen a circus show quite so knee-tremblingly sexy, beautiful and moving.”

Carolina Performing Arts presents C!RCA: CIRCUS THAT MOVES THE HEART, MIND, AND SOUL at 7:30 p.m. March 20 and 21 in Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27514, on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

TICKETS: $10-$49 ($10 UNC students).

BOX OFFICE: 919-843-3333 or https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/tickets/.

SHOW: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/performances/event.aspx?id=4a67775a-6ba4-460f-8c78-dda6ca1c607d.

VIDEO PREVIEWS: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/resources/circa.

SERIES: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/genres/specialevents.

NEWS RELEASE: http://uncnews.unc.edu/content/view/5083/68/.

PRESENTER: http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/.

VENUE: http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/aboutus/memorial.aspx.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/visitorinfo/.

NOTE: Following the March 20th show, there will be a post-performance talkback with members of the company.

OTHER LINKS:

C!RCA: http://www.circa.org.au/ (official website).

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By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).