Striking new British circus companies have been few and far between over recent years, so it’s a relief to be able to add a new group to my must-watch list. The Penguin & I is one of those rare shows that I’d be happy to see again.
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Sigma is a cross-cultural integration of dance and circus that pushes the classical and the contemporary together into a wonderful production that is sure to delight fans of both artforms.
I want to rejoin the communal rites of turning our heads to the sky and moving our bodies subtly to the beating soundscape. Liquid Sky thrilled my senses with beauty. I want more of that please.
Celebrating their 25th year entertaining audiences with their own brand of circus, Montreal-based Cirque Éloize presents Hotel, a new show with an old world feel.
The inter-continental spectacle of Circus 1903 is a nostalgic dream of popular imagination, merging half-remembered histories with modern-day acts more usually seen inside a Big Top or dedicated circus building than in the theatres receiving this tour.
Circa might be best known in the UK for its sophisticated grown-up circus but, this year, the legendary Aussie company has brought one of their dedicated children’s shows – Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus – over to our shores.
Slava’s Snowshow is an absolutely, wonderfully, delightful production. It is no surprise that it has been touring the world constantly since its premiere in 1996 at the Hackney Empire Theatre in London.
This is not the first time that Circa, the touring, Brisbane-based group led by artistic director Yaron Lifschitz, has staged a show here in Toronto, but it is my first time experiencing one of the company’s productions.
With a company of four male performers, inTarsi seeks to tenderly examine ‘the strange beast that is the human being’ through a blend of acrobatics, contemporary dance and physical theatre.
Plink & Boo, from Can’t Sit Still, is a joyful circus-theatre playdate that shows us fun doesn’t have to be coded by gender.
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