We're delighted to announce that the 2016 hit-show Depart will be embarking on a UK tour this year, playing in cemeteries and parks in Hull, Brighton and Blackpool from 18 May - 4 June.
Led by the world renowned Australian contemporary circus ensemble Circa, Yaron Lifschitz's site-specific production will transform three new atmospheric locations into the underworld:
18 - 21 May, General Cemetery, Hull (part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017)
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25 - 28 May, Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton (part of Brighton Festival)
Tickets on sale to Brighton Festival Members now, on sale to the General Public 24 Feb | Find out more
1 - 4 June, Stanley Park, Blackpool (part of LeftCoast)
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Inspired by the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, Depart will transform these evocative environments as world renowned circus artists dance above the heads of roaming audiences to create genre-defying spectacles. With direction from Yaron Lifschitz and a creative team including Lapalux, Depart brings together acrobats, aerialists, local community choirs and video artists for an inimitable, immersive evening of entertainment.
Local singers from The Hull Freedom Chorus, community choirs from around Blackpool and the Fylde Coast and from various Brighton-based choirs will be part of the 100+ strong cast in each location. Alongside this, students from National Centre for Circus Arts (NCCA) and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) will join the company throughout the tour.
Depart enthralled over 4000 audience members as it took over Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park at its world premiere last June. Mark Ball, LIFT Artistic Director of LIFT, said:
“With circus performers defying gravity at every turn and Lapalux’s beautiful electronic score soaring above the treetops, wandering around Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park during Depart last June was a personal highlight of last year’s LIFT. I’m delighted that we’re now able to share Circa’s epic and emotionally-charged show with audiences across the country, bringing an array of exceptional circus artists, composers, singers and dancers together to create a spine-tingling piece of work. I hope Depart stays with audiences for as long as it has stayed with me.”
Yaron Lifschitz said, “At the heart of the experience is the attempt to grasp the ungraspable - to connect ourselves with the very liminality that makes us human, to look up, even as the long-buried dead lie beneath our feet. Depart is a meditation, a playground for the soulful, an art gallery without walls, a circus in search of transcendence and a hundred moments of joyous beauty. It is performed with respect and aims for rapture.”
Depart is a Circa production, co-commissioned by LIFT, National Centre for Circus Arts, Spitalfields Music, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, LeftCoast and Brighton Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.
Images: Tristram Kenton