Australia’s Circa ensemble embodies electrifying explosions of physicality and power in this stunning work that blurs the boundaries of dance, theater, music, and circus arts. Known for their “stratospheric skill” (Australian), the troupe melds circus acrobatics with contemporary dance in the tender and savage En Masse, featuring music by Swedish composer Klara Lewis interspersed with selections from Schubert’s haunting Winterreise and Schwanengesang. Heightening the stakes, a two-piano arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring yields the anarchic energy of acrobats caught in a life-and-death struggle.

“A grand masterwork that challenges the boundaries of dance, theatre, music and circus.”
– The Conversation
“Stunning, fearless yet poignantly vulnerable movements.”
– New York Times
“The 14 members of the Australian ensemble Circa are more like acrobatic dancers. Or dancing acrobats. Either way, they are amazing.”
– New York Times

Venue

524 W. 59th Street

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DANCE

En Masse

U.S. premiere

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Add to Calendar America/New_York En Masse White Light Festival - Set to music by Franz Schubert, Klara Lewis, and Igor Stravinsky, this electrifying work from Australia’s Circa ensemble blurs the boundaries of dance, theater, music, and circus arts. Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street, New York, NY 10023 Lincoln Center - White Light Festival false MM/DD/YYYY aho3e0k00zv7rk56sm4e178

Robert Murray, tenor
Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Michael Harvey, piano
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with the Circa Ensemble
Music by Franz Schubert, Klara Lewis, and Igor Stravinsky
Yaron Lifschitz, direction and stage design
Yaron Lifschitz and Richard Clarke, lighting design
Libby McDonnell, associate director and costume design

Performance length: One hour and 50 minutes, including intermission
 

Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of En Masse is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.

Performance Details

  • 1 hour, 50 minutes (one intermission)
  • Post-performance talk with Libby McDonnell and Elizabeth Streb on Thursday, October 24
    Post-performance talk with Libby McDonnell and Elizabeth Streb on Thursday, October 24
  • Download PDF: View the Program Notes
    View the Program Notes