The acrobats and a string quartet celebrate the music of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in a work of stunning power, virtuosity and physical poetry.
Shostakovich’s quartets are by turns intimate, passionate, lyrical, ironic and deeply moving personal testimonies by one of the twentieth century’s greatest composers. In Opus, three of his quartets form the musical and dramatic spine of a red-hot fusion of extreme acrobatics, lyrical movement and group choreography.
Beginning with a solo performer suspended on a rope serenaded by musicians, Opus then moves powerfully through rapidly alternating scenes of dislocated stillness and violent explosions into extreme physicality to arrive at exquisitely detailed and nuanced geometries of acrobats flying, balancing and landing.
Opus explores the complex relationships between the individual and the group, between the march of history and what dictates the heart, and between the tragic and the comic. Opus is a melding of music and bodies at the highest level producing a groundbreaking work of intense power.


Show Duration: 80 min, no interval
Audience Suitability: General
Stage Size: Min 15m wide x 15m depth / Height clearance of 8m
Touring Party: 19 or 23

Wolfgang Hoffmann



Created by: Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble

Music by: Debussy String Quartet
Performed by: the Circa Ensemble

Technical Director & Lighting Design: Jason Organ
Costume Design: Libby McDonnell
Set Design: Jason Organ and Yaron Lifschitz
Producer: Danielle Kellie


"...an evening so remarkable as almost to defy description... extraordinarily moving.”
The Guardian
"Opus is cut-glass, caviar circus. It's black tie and ball gown circus."
The Telegraph
“an exceptional show in the history of circus …a masterpiece of circus art."
La Press