Australian Circus to Perform Dizzying Stunts at Vancouver’s Chan Centre

Cr. Justin Nicholas, Atmosphere Photography

If you’re seeking some wonder and awe in your life, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has an upcoming show that will literally suspend your disbelief.

A renowned Australian circus troupe is coming to town April 28, 2018 in a Vancouver premiere that is going to be packed with all sorts of gravity defying tricks, artistry, and classical music accompaniment.

On April 28, 2018 at 8pm, Circa will be performing Opus at the Chan Shun Concert Hall at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC, 6265 Crescent Road).

The company, which hails from Brisbane, Australia, has performed in over thirty-five countries and is celebrated for their bold and daring performances. This one will be no different: expect fourteen acrobats, many of whom will be performing stunts while gracefully suspended from the Chan Centre’s ceiling.

Cr. Justin Nicholas, Atmosphere Photography

What will make the performance particularly noteworthy is the musical accompaniment. The Debussy String Quartet from France will be performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s quartets, in a complex and moving interweaving of music and physical choreography. The show will defy audience’s expectations of the limits of the human body as it explores themes related to the tragic and the comic.

Cr. Justin Nicholas, Atmosphere Photography

There will also be a post-show talk with members of the circus troupe and the Quartet, moderated by Stephen Heatley, Head of UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film.

The event is nearly sold out, so don’t delay in booking. Further info and tickets are available on-line.

Photo of The Tallis Scholars by Nick Rutter

Also upcoming at the Chan Centre is Early Music Vancouver’s (EMV) presentation of War and Peace: The Tallis Scholars on April 21, 2018 at 7:30pm. The Tallis Scholars, a renowned vocal ensemble from Britain, will be directed by Peter Phillips through a program that commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War (1918). This complete Mass will explore the use of song as a transformative medium for expressing tragedy, sorrow, and violence, as well as translating these into artistry and healing beauty. The works brought together will span five centuries, including Renaissance pieces by Mouton, contemporary music by John Tavener, as well as peaceful funeral motets and Victoria’s 6-voice Requiem Mass.

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