Culture: Singular sublime show

Circa Helpmann Award-winning ensemble creation S is a full-throttle ride to the limits of the human body.

Circa Helpmann Award-winning ensemble creation S is a full-throttle ride to the limits of the human body.

CATE Blanchett raved about the Circa ensemble's award-winning creation S, at Parramatta Riverside Theatres next month.

"Yaron [artistic director] has elevated the way Australia perceives circus, both nationally and internationally," she said.

The show, described as a "full-throttle ride to the limits of the human body", fuses group acrobatics with intimate emotions.

Creator of the show Yaron Lifschitz said the deliberately elusive and abstract title "S" was chosen so the audience won't try to interpret its meaning.

"Instead you can simply watch it, absorb it and hopefully enjoy it," he said.

"I wanted to create an abstract work of power and joy inspired by the curves, symmetries and plurality that are all attributes of this one letter."

On a floating white diamond stage, seven acrobats bend, fly, contort and hang in a demonstration of dramatic acrobatics, athletic aerial acts and powerful solos.

Lifschitz said the chance to bring an internationally successful production to regional Australian communities was very satisfying.

"In many ways, while we feel so lucky to enjoy considerable international success, it's the chance to create moments of pure joy and fun for those closest to home that matters most," he said.

"We aim to create circus that is honest, moving and touches the hearts of our audiences."

The show also features music of the Kronos Quartet.

■ S is on at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta from August 21-23. Tickets range from $31 to $43. Bookings: riversideparramatta.com.au.

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