15 Feb 2017

A spell-binding spectacle you won’t want to miss!

A circus experience you’ll never forget.

Local performers from the Hull Freedom Chorus and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance will join Australian circus ensemble Circa for a spell-binding performance as they bring their production Depart to Hull.

Taking place in the eerie surroundings of Hull’s General Cemetery, the show will run from 18-21 May, leading the audience on an immersive journey through the underworld inspired by the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Expect to see acrobats and aerialists at their very best, performing stunts and spectacles above your head as you roam around the space, whilst the stunning vocals of 100 Hull Freedom Chorus members provide a haunting backdrop in a musical arrangement curated by electronic artist Lapalux.

In the hope of discovering fresh circus talent in the local area, Hull 2017 will also work with the National Centre for Circus Arts to upskill gymnastics and dance students, creating a group of ‘Circus Champions’ who will receive professional mentoring before participating in Depart themselves.

Katy Fuller, Executive Producer of Depart for Hull 2017, said: “Depart embodies the whole ethos of Hull 2017: bringing world class artists to the city; showcasing and developing local talent and using non-traditional venues to encourage people to look at parts of the city in a whole new light.”

Circa, the award-winning circus company behind Depart, has been wowing crowds with their new and thrilling take on movement, dance, theatre and circus since 2004. Under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz, the company has performed to packed crowds in 34 countries.

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 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 will take place at General Cemetery from 18-21 May with tickets priced between £9-£12. Get your tickets here.

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