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Friday, September 28, 2018

In Context: Humans

Australian troupe Circa returns to BAM (Opus, BAM Next Wave 2015) with an awe-inspiring acrobatic journey and love letter to our species. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles, videos, podcasts, and more. After you’ve attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using#BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

Humans (PDF)


Circus—an inclusive art form (BAMblog)
The circus is many things: an experience, a practice, a lifestyle, an education, a culture. But, above all else, it is an inclusive art form.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Contemporary Circus, and More (BAMblog)
What exactly is “contemporary circus”? Its influence is everywhere, but it can be hard to define. Learn more about this elusive art form from the national director of advocacy group Circus Now.

What Makes Us Humans? Yaron Lifschitz on Contemporary Circus (FringeArts)
Humans communicates by connecting the bodies and the pulse and the blood and the breath and the viscera of our artists with that of the audience,” says Circa’s Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz.

Watch & Listen

BAM Virtual Reality: Circa in 360° (YouTube)
Engage with the performers from Circa as they rehearse for their performance of Opus at BAM.

Introducing Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz (YouTube)
He drinks red wine, has two sausage dogs, and spends a lot of time on Skype. He also runs a circus.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

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  1. "Humans" is an outstanding acrobatic performance, with exceptional acrobats in their best physical form and control. The "acrobatic choreography" is excellent. However, I would have liked it to be shorter, by eliminating the comic parts (elbow licking), avoiding repetitions, and eliminating "dead" parts where the performers were just walking around !!

  2. Humans was amazing! Great performance. The athleticism was beyond belief and was at the same time an emotional experience. The control the performers had when doing complicated flips and turns but landed so softly - amazing to watch. Great music and choreography made for a captivating show. Go see it!

  3. Thank you for this incredibly beautiful show, for this fantastic combination of bodies, images, and movement. It was the stunning show.

  4. circus, dance, performance, acrobatics, humor, life, force, pushing limits... Amazing!!!


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