An intimate show that taps into the piano's magical ability to transport us through time and place.
Stunning, graceful and evocative, Reclaimed Pianos is an intimate new creation by internationally renowned company Circa that taps into the piano’s magical ability to transport us through time and to other places. As notes reverberate, they echo our memories of times before, places travelled and worlds to be discovered. From classical recitals to family sing-alongs: pianos have stories to tell.
In this beautiful new work, the incredible physicality of Circa’s acrobats will breathe fresh life to music layered with a soundscape of local voices. In the centre of this chamber of circus is a guest appearance by a piano sourced from the community – a gem of hidden history and dreams.
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
- 7 (4 x acrobats, 1 x pianist and 2 x crew)
Reclaimed Pianos is designed to be flexible to suit small theatres, halls and black box spaces.
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.
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Unique Selling Point
In addition to Circa's world class acrobatics, there is a live musical element in the show, and composer and sound designer Daryl Wallis can travel to the Presenter's region, hear local stories about their pianos, their love of music and to listen to their pianos which have been a part of family or community for generations. These conversations can inspire the music and soundscape for the work you’ll see in the show.
Circa will provide a range of marketing materials using stunning and high quality images and video.
There is the opportunity to engage Daryl Wallis, pianist and sound designer to travel to the Presenter's region, hear local stories about their pianos, their love of music and to listen to their pianos which have been a part of family or community for generations. These conversations can inspire the music and soundscape for the work you’ll see in the show.
This show also offers presenters the opportunity to work with their community to source a local piano for the show and uncover the stories behind it.
In addition, Circa has a range of community engagement opportunities on offer - from tiny tumbler workshops for 3 year olds to circus masterclasses for local artists. Circa can tailor experiences to suit different communities.