Australian contemporary circus, Circa, has been awarded the PAC Australia Touring Legend Award for 2018, accepted on 8 September as part of the Drover Awards held at the PAC Conference in Karratha, WA.
The award, recognising excellence in the field of regional touring, acknowledged Circa’s extensive touring history across Australia. Since 2010, Circa has staged 1,073 performances in 100 towns and cities across Australia, and in 2018 alone opened three new productions in regional centres before touring them extensively to international cities including Berlin, London, Edinburgh and beyond.
“Circa is delighted to receive the PAC Australia Touring Legend Award for 2018” said Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s Artistic Director and CEO. “Creating new work and touring is at the heart of our company, and we are thrilled to be recognised by the industry for our commitment to touring in Australia.”
Lifschitz has helmed the company since 1999, and is heralded as a circus visionary and a paragon for championing Australian circus globally. Under his direction, Circa has received critical acclaim for their body of work and is the recipient of six Helpmann Awards, the highest distinction in Australian theatre.
Previously, Circa won the 2013 Tour of the Year at PAC Conference for touring the eponymous production CIRCA. Circa is currently touring its 2017 production Humans across the country, and has touring plans that extend into 2019.
“We are grateful for every opportunity and acknowledge the vital role played by our agents, presenters, promoters, stakeholders, supporters and audiences near and far,” Lifschitz added enthusiastically. “We’re proud to present the same high quality internationally acclaimed work in remote Australian towns such as Katherine, Mandurah and Wagga Wagga that will be seen on the world stage in New York, London and Berlin.”
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 39 countries to over a million people.