Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, London SE1 8XX Wednesday 27th June – Sunday 18th August 2018
Circa come to London with Peepshow, an exciting European premiere that turns cabaret on itshead, literally. Join ‘the rockstars of the circus world’ as they embark on a seductive dancethrough the hall of mirrors that is your imagination. Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful with teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials.
By makers of the smash-hit shows Humans, Beyond, Wunderkammer and Closer, Peepshowcombines some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz to create an exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of your mind.
Playing with the extreme physicality of this troupe of phenomenal acrobats, Circa blur the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. Exploring the concept of looking and being looked at, Peepshow uses circus to explore themes of gender and sexuality on the stage.
Yaron Lifschitz comments, I hope that Peepshow is one of those shows which is able totransform people’s expectations, bringing us new sensibilities with unexpected pleasures, and bridges the world between art and entertainment. Peepshow is the latest in Circa’s latest post-cabaret adventure. These take the form of cabaret and Circa’s medium of circus, add some extra ingredients (in Peepshow’s case a nightclub, a dream and ideas of looking) and shake. They shake so hard things break, stick together and turn wonderfully weird. The resulting cocktail is a fantasia designed to thrill and delight.
Taking over Underbelly’s spiegeltent with a nightclub vibe, most of Peepshow’s music is an original track written by Ori Lichtik (Batsheeva Dance Company) with an interlude of Sweet Dreams (originally by Eurythmics). Peepshow lets audiences see the world from the other side of the mirror.
Circa Contemporary Circus is one of the world’s leading performance companies. To date, Circa has toured to 39 countries across six continents and in 2016 alone performed over 450 performances to over 180,000 audience members locally, nationally and internationally. As a champion of live performance, Circa manages arTour and was the Creative Lead for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games arts and cultural programme.
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.
Since 2004 Circa has been at the frontier of new circus – creating powerful works of circus art that challenge, thrill and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled circus artists under thedirection of Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s award-winning works have been seen in 39 countries across six continents. At the centre of Circa is the art. Shows that push the boundary of the circus artform, blur the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus and yet are a unique,singular ‘Circa’ experience. Circa also runs a Training Centre with a workshop program in our dedicated circus studio in Brisbane and with partners throughout Queensland and beyond. Circa manages arTour supporting other artists to tour and assisting Queensland presenters to program performance work for their local audiences.
Underbelly is a UK based, live entertainment company. Their events and festivals division operates one of the largest operations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe selling, 291,000 tickets for over 150 shows over 25 days in 2017. This year marks the tenth year of Underbelly on the Southbank, with Udderbelly and London Wonderground festivals – already two of the biggest multi-arts offerings in London – once again joining forces in 2018 for Underbelly Festival Southbank. Elsewhere, Underbelly also produces Edinburgh’s Christmas, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay,Christmas in Leicester Square, Udderbelly Festival in Hong Kong, West End Live in Trafalgar Square and Pride in London for Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre.Through their Underbelly Productions arm they produce and promote live shows in London’sWest End, throughout the UK and on tour internationally, including a major new revival of the West End and Broadway hit musical Five Guys Named Moe at the new Marble Arch Theatre, which opened in autumn 2017. In 2017 Underbelly sold over 1.3 million tickets to their various events.
Wednesday 27th June – Saturday 18th August 2018 Tuesday 27th June – Friday 13th July, 7.45pm Tuesday 17th July – Friday 17th August, 7.30pm Saturday, 7pm and 9.30pm
Sunday, 7pm 70 minutes
Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX