Australia's Circa and France’s Debussy String Quartet collaborate with Opus. Photo by Justin Nicholas, Atmosphere Photography.
Australia's Circa and France’s Debussy String Quartet collaborate with Opus. Photo by Justin Nicholas, Atmosphere Photography.

Australian contemporary circus company, Circa makes its Vancouver debut in Opus (Apr 28). Featuring 14 acrobats, some of whom will be suspended from the Chan Centre ceiling, will be accompanied by France’s Debussy String Quartet.

Here are five reasons why we think you should go:

1. Circus as art

Circa members don’t consider themselves as average circus performers. “We’re really trying to do two different things,” says artistic director, Yaron Lifshcitz. “One is to see how far circus can bend as an art form, how far it can cross-pollinate with theatre, dance and music when you stretch it beyond its normal limits.”

2. World domination

Since 2004, Circa has toured in 39 countries across six continents.

3. High flying music

The Debussy String Quartet don’t just accompany the artists on stage, they become part of the action. Just wait until you see how the first violinist is taken to new heights while playing.

4. Post-show talk

Members of Circa and Debussy String Quartet violinist Christophe Collette will stick around after the show for a conversation about their collaboration, and what it takes to bring 14 acrobats and a string quartet on the road.

5. Animal free

Circa never use animals in their performances. They focus on acrobatics, gymnastics, aerial displays and athleticism.

Circa: Opus plays the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia on April 28. Visit http://chancentre.com for tickets and information.