Charleston Gaillard Center Presents

OPUS by Circa
Featuring the Debussy Quartet

Mar 25, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Tickets Start at $25 (Plus Applicable Fees)

About the Show

Created by Yaron Lifschitz with the Debussy Quartet and the Circa Ensemble

Ten 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. 

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative.

Opus is cut-glass, caviar circus. It’s black tie and ball gown circus.

The Telegraph, UK

Photo Credit: Justin Nicholas

Commissioning Credits & Program Acknowledgements

A Nuits de Fourvière production/ Département du Rhône, coproduced with Les Théâtres de la villede Luxembourg, GREC Festival of Barcelona, Le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, Dusseldorf Festival, Barbican Theatre, CACCV Espace Jean Legendre-Compiegne. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by Creative Australia, its arts funding advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals including Brisbane Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival.

Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Quatuor Debussy acknowledge the support of the French Ministry of Arts, Région Rhône-Alpes, City of Lyon and SPEDIDAM.

Program Credits

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

International representation Please credit where as appropriate as per your region

Antonin Coutouly / Book Your Show France

Danielle Kellie / Circa Australia & New Zealand

Allen Moon / David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives USA, Canada, Central & South America

Shaun Comerford / Circa Commercial Projects

Wolfgang Hoffmann / Aurora Nova Worldwide booking & coordination

Yaron Lifschitz / Circa New creations & big dreams

Due to the nature of live performance, the individuals in the Circa Ensemble and musicians are subject to change. A current and accurate list of acrobats involved in the performance will be available closer to the performance date as will details of the musicians.

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 more than 45 countries to nearly 2 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. Compelled by the question ‘what is possible in circus?’ Circa is leading the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that ‘redraw the limits to which circus can aspire.’ (The Age). 

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Student & Teacher Tickets

The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education & Community Program is pleased to announce student and teacher tickets are available for this performance. Limited availability. Limited to two tickets per person with valid student/teacher ID.

Tickets available in advance: Tickets are $20 (plus applicable fees) for Green seats on seatmap. Ticket purchasers must pick up their tickets at Will Call the night of the performance.

Day of Rush: Tickets are $25 (plus applicable fees). Available two hours prior to show time, best available.

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Please note that for this performance online purchases have a limit of eight (8) tickets per customer. To purchase additional tickets or to inquire about group sales, please contact the ticket office directly at (843) 242-3099.