lift 16 - 26 june  2016

Hull uk city of culture 18 - 21 May 2017

 brighton festival 25 - 28 may 2017

leftcoast blackpool 1 - 4 June 2017




Haunting sights and sounds will seduce you down a path punctuated by unexpected encounters as you weave through the space between life and death…

Led by Yaron Lifschitz with his internationally acclaimed company, Circa and with a creative team including the electronic musician Lapalux, this ethereal collaboration brought circus artists, choral singers, designers and musicians together for a night full of surprises.

DEPART first premiered at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and toured to Hull, Brighton and Blackpool.

a Circa production


Depart is co-commissioned by LIFT, National Centre for Circus Arts, Spitalfields Music, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, LeftCoast and Brighton Festival.

Depart is supported by Arts Council England.

2017 TOUR

18 - 21 May, General Cemetery, Hull
part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

25 - 28 May, Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton
part of Brighton Festival

1 - 4 June, Stanley Park, Blackpool
(part of LeftCoast)





'one of the most emotional and all-encompassing performances I feel I've ever seen!'

'A cemetery at night in Brighton couldn't be more mesmerising, #DEPARTcircus by @CircaPresents was magical!' 

'the visual images in that magnificent park and feats of bodily skill and grace will stay with us for a long time' 

'Still utterly blown away by #DEPARTcircus, wonderfully enhanced by the rain, and that can't have helped the wonderful performers. Brilliant.'




The Times

“haunting and magical in equal parts

A Younger Theatre


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LIFT travels the world to bring global stories to London, bringing spectacular performances and moments of magic to every corner of the capital.

For over 35 years LIFT has presented shows in partnership with London’s major arts venues, theatres and galleries, but also in countless hidden spaces and places across the city. It works with world-class artists, whose radical imaginations create exceptional work that questions the nature of theatre, engages with the big ideas of our time, and reveals the stories and communities of our incredibly diverse Capital.



Spitalfields Music
Spitalfields Music is a creative charity producing live music experiences in East London through a year-round programme of festivals and creative learning and participation projects. 

Since 1976, Spitalfields Music has produced two festivals a year, bringing together world-renowned artists with local musicians. Spitalfields Music’s award-winning Learning & Participation programme brings participatory music opportunities to members of the local community in schools, libraries and care homes across East London.
This year, Spitalfields Music celebrates 40 years of working in the unique home of Tower Hamlets, inspired by the spirit of the people who live and work there. The organisation is looking forward to the next 40 years harnessing the extraordinary power of music-making as force for community cohesion.



LeftCoast is a programme of arts and creative activity happening across Blackpool and Wyre. We’re all about creating amazing art on your doorstep. From jaw-dropping spectacle to intimate experiences in your neighbourhood, we want to make art happen. In the process we hope to inspire and support creatives who live, work and study here.

LeftCoast has been brought together by a local partnership of organisations including Blackpool Coastal Housing, Blackpool Council, Wyre Council, Blackpool Grand Theatre and Merlin Entertainments. We’re funded by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places Programme.


National Centre for Circus Arts
The National Centre for Circus Arts is a registered charity and one of Europe’s leading providers of circus education. Based in a magnificent Victorian power station adjacent to Hoxton Square, they involve thousands of people in the creation and performance of circus arts every year. Their  diverse range of work includes a BA Hons degree in Circus Arts, a structured progressive training programme for under 18s and professional development opportunities for aspiring and established performers. Adults and young people can take part in a range of recreational classes and they provide workshops and away days for the business community.



Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Hull has been named UK City of Culture 2017 and is getting ready to stage 365 days of transformative culture. 

It’s our turn to show there’s so much more to Hull’s story than people ever expected. We’re throwing the doors wide open and inviting the world. Everyone gets the chance to share the experience, to create, debate, reflect and reimagine. 

Across four seasons, we will celebrate the people and stories of a great northern city, through a range of diverse and high profile events and creative projects. 

The story starts here, who knows where it will end!

Follow it online at @2017Hull or


Brighton Festival
Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events - taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.
Established in 1967, Brighton Festival has become one of the city's most enduring symbols of inventiveness and celebration, renowned for its pioneering spirit and experimental reputation. Now one of Europe’s leading producing and commissioning arts festivals, Brighton draws some of the most innovative artists (and adventurous audiences) from the UK and around the world.


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