Circa: DEPART

February 16, 2017

LeftCoast presents DEPART by Circa

DEPART was a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa that was performed in Blackpool’s Stanley Park over four sell out nights in June 2017.

Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, DEPART took us 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.

Circus artists danced above our heads, surprised with extraordinary feats of physicality and guided us 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 brought together acrobats, aerialists, video artists and Fylde Coast community choirs and dancers for an experience like no other.

On a 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 was an absolutely fantastic opportunity.”

Depart was co-commissioned by LeftCoast, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), the National Centre for Circus Arts, Spitalfields Music, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and Brighton Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.

Depart was co-commissioned by LeftCoast, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), the National Centre for Circus Arts, Spitalfields Music, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and Brighton Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.

PRODUCTION GALLERY - images by Tristram Kenton