An animal circus without the animals – Carnival of the Animals by Circa

The acclaimed Australian performers of Circa are putting on their very first show for kids, and it is spectacular! Juggling zebras, dancing elephants, and somersaulting kangaroos all created through a fusion of acrobatics, animation, and music. An animal experience you won’t fur-get!

Feathers, fur, and fins all let fly in this imaginative and fun family experience. Using their amazing acrobatic skills the Circa troupe manage to suspend belief as they transform themselves into various animals with an unusual array of talents. Check out the video below for a taste of Carnival of the Animals.

The show is based upon the musical composition Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns (which you might remember from Disney’s Fantasia 2000). For this production Australian composer Quincy Grant artfully reworked and extended the original music suites, while on stage the Circa performers interact with detailed animation created by UK-based Australian video designer Michaela French.

“This was how I imagined the world of Carnival of the Animals, almost as though one slipped into an alternate reality where elephants can dance, frogs ride unicycles, gravity is defied, where the magic of the circus is the most important part of life and the entire world can be carried in a small suitcase,’’ says Michaela.

Carnival of the animal Circa

Carnival of the Animals is showing at the Arts Centre Melbourne during the second week of the coming school holidays – that’s 28 September to 4 October, 2015. It opens on Monday 28 September with a 6pm performance where kids (and adults) are encouraged to come along in dress ups. Don your favourite animal pyjamas, onesie, or costume for a night of magic and frivolity.

The show is recommended for kids aged three to 10 and ticket prices start at $25. For more information, visit Arts Centre Melbourne.

Carnival of the Animals Circa

Kate Murray

Kate Murray

Kate was a regular of Melbourne’s music and film scenes, but these days she is on the mum scene. Mother to one adorable little hipster, Kate loves seeking out the latest trends in technology, vintage-style kids clothing, and offbeat kids products. She is often found riding her bike by the Yarra river with baby on back, heading for a good soy latte at the latest kid-friendly cafe. She wants to get there before it becomes cool. So Melbourne.

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