Circa goes baroque with the Brandenburg

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (ABO) and Circa will thrill Brisbane for the first time together on Tuesday 16 May with Spanish Baroque: Brandenburg and Circa, a fearless fusion of baroque music and contemporary circus at the Concert Hall, QPAC.

ABO Artistic Director Paul Dyer and Circa Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz will bring together master baroque musicians and artists of the air for Spanish Baroque, a muscular and thrilling show where the strength and vigour of the music is matched by sensational acrobatic and circus choreography.

“The music is going to be bold and it is going to be sensual. The audience will go away feeling like they’ve never, ever experienced anything like this before,” says Dyer.

“We’re excited to return to Brisbane as part of our national touring schedule for a third consecutive year, and this year’s collaboration with Circa means our first Brisbane show for 2017 offers an exciting, powerful visual element.”

Yaron Lifschitz is very excited to present Spanish Baroque in Brisbane as well as Sydney and Melbourne.

“This will be a hometown show for Circa, and it will be very special to perform with a major Australian orchestra for Brisbane audiences. It is a dream come true,” says Lifschitz.

Lifschitz says the Circa choreography of Spanish Baroque will touch on love, death and rebirth mixed together with rich colours and sublime baroque music in a passionate ode to our humanity.

“Circa’s bodies can lift and slam and fly through the air and hit the ground. I have asked our performers to channel the archetypes – the bull, the virgin, the upside-down man – and put them into elemental contact and conflict inside a bullring.

“Sometimes soaring love will win, at other times loss and despair will triumph, but ultimately it is a show made under the sign of blood – the rich red that runs hot through our veins and whose beating connects musicians, acrobats and audiences.”

Spanish Baroque: Brandenburg and Circa will be performed at 7:30pm on Tuesday 16 May at the Concert Hall, QPAC. Tickets are on sale now.

IMAGES Circa rehearsal (c) Nadia Achilles

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