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C!RCA Reimagines the Circus
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BY KAREN BOSSICK

You’ll find no trained elephants in C!RCA.

Instead, the Brisbane, Australia-based company stretches the boundaries of contemporary circus by blurring the lines between movement, dance, theater and circus to create a sublime display of interlocking bodies and awe-jnspiring movement that will challenge perceptions of what is possible with the human body.

C!RCA will perform a show titled “What Will Have Been” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 at The Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum. Tickets for the Argyros Presents show start at $30 and are available at www.theargyros.org  or by calling 208-726-7872.

The show features three acrobats accompanied on stage by one violinist fusing together the music of Bach and Philip Glass.

 “It explores people being in and out of sync with each other, emotionally and physically. It is an extremely intense show to perform acrobatically and really shows the rawness and beauty of circus in a really poetic way,’ said Performer Hamish McCourty

C!RCA, founded in 2004 by visionary Yaron Lifschitz, has performed before more than a million people in 40 countries on six continents.

It has never shied away from difficult subjects. One show, “The Return” focused on the horrors of the concentration camps.

Hamish McCourty, who will be among those appearing at The Argyros, “ran away” to the circus, so to speak, when he was 8. That’s when he began tumbling and learning high-flying acrobatic acts as part of Cirkidz, a youth circus in South Australia that’s part of the South Australian Circus Centre.

“When my mum took me to my first lesson, I was jumping out of my seat with excitement,” he said. “Then a few year later when I saw my first circus show I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do when I was older. I trained and trained and eventually made it to the elite program at the South Australian Circus Centre where I graduated from in 2016.”

McCourty says life as a tumbler has been a fairy tale of traveling the world to work.

“I’ve been to six new countries since I’ve started on tour. One city I really loved was Rotterdam in the Netherlands—there were so many cool vintage clothes stores, great coffee and great food. And, while we were there, we took a hot tub that was a little boat and we all floated along the canals. It was awesome.”

As he gets his feet in the acrobatic world under him, McCourty is fusing his passion for music and circus on stage. He prides himself on being “a loon” and making people laugh. And, as a multi-talented acrobat, he has his sights set on leaving his mark in the world of circus.

He learned the ropes for “What Will Have Been” while performing in C!RCA’s “Humans” and “Opus.”

 “At first, we walked through the show for a really good understanding of it. But eventually we got some dedicated rehearsal time. It’s awesome.”

 

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