Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node 1415

by Circa
Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble

7:30 pm Tuesday, January 21, 2020

After making its Penn State debut in 2015, Circa contemporary circus will return with Humans. Ten acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human—and of how our bodies, our connections, and our aspirations all form part of who we are.

Exploring the physical limits of their bodies as they are pushed to the extreme, they question how much we can take as humans. How much weight can we carry? Who can we trust to support our load? They lead us to reflect on our lives, our loved ones, the burdens we carry, and the physical and emotional strength it takes to overcome them.

Created by Yaron Lifschitz, the stage is stripped bare as the vulnerability of a team of highly skilled acrobats is exposed. With incredible strength and integrity, they connect each moment seamlessly with the next in a thrilling and heart-stopping performance. Glimpse their humanity as they find redemptive power in strength and celebrate what it means to be fiercely human.

Circa might just be the most in-demand Australian arts company in the world right now—with a touring schedule that would send most heads spinning. It’s not hard to see why. Circa’s reputation for fearless, boundary-pushing new circus is borne out in every one of its shows, which combine physical virtuosity with an expressive humanism.

Commissioned by MA scène nationale - Pays de Montbéliard. 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.

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Rehearsal Observation and Sketching

4:30 pm Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Eisenhower Auditorium

Free and open to the public; reservation required

During a one-hour rehearsal, as the artists of Circa prepare for their performance, the public is welcome to quietly observe and draw the human form in motion. To reserve a seat for the rehearsal, email Medora Ebersole at mde13@psu.edu. Attendees should enter the auditorium through the front lobby doors.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Circa Company Manager Julia Sanchez and several Circa performers, is offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.