En Masse

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021 AT 7:30PM

Venue Matthews Theatre

OVERVIEW

In En Masse, Australia’s Circa Ensemble takes the audience on a wild, tender, and savage ride in a work of explosive physicality and power that blurs the boundaries of dance, theatre, music, and circus arts. This company of ten acrobats and three musicians presents two visions of humanity at its extremes through circus settings blending songs from Schubert’s “Winter Journey” (Winterreise) and “Swan Song”  (Schwanengesang) plus a two-piano arrangement of Stravinsky’s ground-breaking Rite of Spring (played live) and music by Swedish composer Klara Lewis. The result is about the end of this world and the start of the next, with the acrobats caught in a life-and-death struggle between anarchic energy and exquisite loss.

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