Circa’s Breathtaking DEPART comes to Blackpool!
DEPART, a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa, will be coming to Stanley Park, Blackpool, 1st-4th June 2017. Blackpool is the final destination in this sell-out tour and is an opportunity to experience circus mixed with dance like you have never seen before.
Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, DEPART will take you on a path through the vast spaces, iconic features and intimate wooded areas of Stanley Park, transforming one of Blackpool’s most beautiful public spaces into the underworld.
Taking over the Park for just four days, circus artists will dance above your head, surprising you with extraordinary feats of physicality as they guide you through the space between life and death in this astonishing visual feast.
Led by Yaron Lifschitz, creator of some of the most highly innovative and genre-defying circus in the world, with a creative team including the electronic music legend Lapalux, DEPART brings together acrobats, aerialists, video artists and Fylde Coast community choirs and dancers for an experience like no other.
On a recent site visit to Blackpool from Australia Yaron was looking forward to bringing this production to Blackpool, and Stanley Park in particular, “Blackpool has such a large entertainment context and it will be really interesting to ask the audience to come and see a show in a different way than they are perhaps used to. This will be the fourth place that the show will be performed and it is really great to be able to deliver this in a new and powerful way that this extraordinary site allows me to.”
He continued, “Blackpool is proving to be the place I can make the show I always wanted to make!”
Michael Trainor, Artistic Director at LeftCoast said, “Circa is the most consistently brilliant contemporary circus company and is actually my own personal favourite. Normally you would have to go to a major city or international festival to see them so to have them on our doorstep in Stanley Park is an absolutely fantastic opportunity not to be missed.”
Yaron Lifschitz added, “At the heart of the experience is the attempt to grasp the ungraspable - to connect ourselves with the very limit of what makes us human. Depart is a meditation, a playground for the soul, a circus in search of otherworldliness and a hundred moments of joyous beauty.”
Mark Ball, Artistic Director of LIFT, said “With circus performers defying gravity at every turn and Lapalux’s beautiful electronic score soaring above the treetops, wandering around Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park during Depart last June was a personal highlight of last year’s LIFT. I’m delighted that we’re now able to share Circa’s epic and emotionally-charged show with audiences across the country, bringing an array of exceptional circus artists, composers, choral arrangers and singers and dancers together to create a spine-tingling piece of work. I hope Depart stays with audiences for as long as it has stayed with me.”
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10-12.50 (including booking fees) and are available online here, or from The Blackpool Grand Theatre’s box office or by calling SHOWSEATS on 01253 743344.
All performances start at 21:15 to allow the show to be experienced at dusk.
The show is suitable for ages 11+ and children must be accompanied by adults. The show duration is 75 minutes and will be performed outside, it will involve periods of walking and standing for the duration of the show with limited seating available at the finale. For a list of frequently asked questions, please click here.