National Arts Festival

Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus

By Circa
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with Benjamin Knapton and the Circa Ensemble

The thrill of circus, the mayhem of Mozart.

Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling, as musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist.

To those who know him, he is Wolfgang, the dart-playing, pun-loving ratbag. To those who are watching and listening, he is the wigged genius Mozart. Come and discover his irrepressible spirit and vibrant compositions through physical comedy and mischievous antics.

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skillful and illuminating show featuring dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. Watch as the notes are physically lifted off the page as performers bring the renowned compositions to life amidst a storm of powder, tumbles and crashes, all under the eccentric swirl of the conductor’s baton.

Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Hero image by Damien Bredberg, Production photography by Dylan Evans.

National Arts Festival

Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus

By Circa
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with Benjamin Knapton and the Circa Ensemble

The thrill of circus, the mayhem of Mozart.

Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling, as musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist.

To those who know him, he is Wolfgang, the dart-playing, pun-loving ratbag. To those who are watching and listening, he is the wigged genius Mozart. Come and discover his irrepressible spirit and vibrant compositions through physical comedy and mischievous antics.

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skillful and illuminating show featuring dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. Watch as the notes are physically lifted off the page as performers bring the renowned compositions to life amidst a storm of powder, tumbles and crashes, all under the eccentric swirl of the conductor’s baton.

Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Hero image by Damien Bredberg, Production photography by Dylan Evans.
  • Duration:45 minutes
  • Ages:2-8, 7+

About Circa

“The mighty Circa”(Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)

Circa Contemporary Circus is one of the world’s leading performance companies. Since 2004, from its base in Brisbane, Australia, Circa has toured the world – performing in 39 countries to over a million people. Circa’s works have been greeted with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents.

Circa is at the forefront of the new wave of contemporary Australian circus – pioneering how extreme physicality can create powerful and moving performances. It continues to push the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus, and is leading the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that ‘redraw the limits to which circus can aspire“ (The Age).

Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa features an ensemble of exceptional, multi-skilled circus artists who have been a regular fixture at leading festivals and venues in New York, London, Berlin and Montreal with seasons at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Barbican Centre, Les Nuits de Fourvière, Chamäleon Theatre as well as major Australian Festivals.

As a champion of live performance, Circa manages arTour and was the Creative Lead for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program.

Cast and Creatives List

...manic and magical

The Guardian, UK

... a must-see show for all the family.

Edinburgh Life with Kids, UK

…an enthralling work for all ages..

Sydney Arts Guide, Australia

…magical to experience. A truly beautiful piece of interactive theatre.

Theatreview, New Zealand

...there was much giggling and laughter, a lot of oohs and ahs, and applause throughout

SG Fringe, UK

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