Circa Flies Through City of London Festival

Posted: Jul. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

It may not have been a miracle, but it sure looked like divine intervention keeping the daring Circa performers suspended in the air inside London's St Bartholomew The Great church. And Circa was just one part of the City of London Festival, there was much more to see throughout the city as the spectacular affair progressed.

Flipping, hanging and miraculously balancing are the types of incredulous stunts performed by Australian contemporary dance group Circa in Barbican’s How Like an Angel, part of the City of London Festival.

Unusually, it is performed in one of London’s oldest churches St Bartholomew The Great to the sounds of Oxford-based musical ensemble I Fagiolini, making one think they are perhaps somewhere in Italy, rather than a back street in the City. Created by Yaron Lifschitz and Robert Hollingworth, Circa and I Fagiolini’s respective directors, the 70-minute show never loses the audience’s attention. Between the church’s creaking floorboards, the dancer’s jaw-dropping movements and the haunting tunes that ebb and flow throughout, one might even say an exhalation only occurs once the final act concludes.


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