A highlight of NORPA’s 2013 season is an inventive blend of circus and modern media from Australia’s hottest new circus company, Casus. Their international hit show Knee Deep is circus from the heart, showcasing the astonishing skills and grace of four performer/creators at the top of their game.
Each moment is full of exquisite beauty and amazing muscle control that stretches the limits of human agility and highlights the inherent sensuality of acrobatics. Bodies are pushed and pulled, weighed and tested, unlikely bonds are forged and acts of intimacy cohabit space with thrilling physical feats.
‘A lot of love has gone into making this company the best it can be,’ says performer Jesse Scott. ‘We four are extremely close friends and that can be seen onstage. The trust and care we have for each other cannot be faked. A lot of people I talk to after the show tell me how moved they are by the bond we have. To me, this is the true heart of Knee Deep and Casus.’
Formed in 2011, Casus have quickly become famous for their bold, quirky and captivating performances. The four members of Casus (Emma Serjeant, Jesse Scott, Natano Fa’anana and Lachaln McAulay) bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into this innovative work, having previously performed extensively in Australia and around the world with C!RCA, Legs on the Wall, Polytoxic, and Briefs Collective.
‘This show is constantly evolving just like we as performers are,’ says Jesse Scott. ‘Every time we put the show onto a different stage we change things up so we don’t get complacent; we live this show every night as though it’s the first. That’s why we’re super excited about bringing this show to NORPA and the renovated Lismore City Hall – we’ll put the new venue through its paces.’
‘I love how circus has evolved as an art form,’ says NORPA artistic director Julian Louis. ‘It has become sensual, dramatic and complex – it’s not just about showing the trick anymore; it’s about human nature. Casus are at the forefront of this evolution.’
NORPA are also putting the new venue through its paces by offering delicious, inexpensive, light meals from 6pm before both performances of Knee Deep. There will be live music as well in the covered outside areas.
‘Anyone who came along to Railway Wonderland will remember how wonderful it was to come early, hang out with friends, have a drink and share some yummy food before seeing an awesome show,’ says Julian Louis. ‘A lot of our patrons travel a fair way to get their theatre fix, so it’s great to be able to provide a complete “evening out” experience in the one place.’
Echonetdaily and NORPA are giving away a double pass to Friday night’s performance of Knee Deep – simply email [email protected] with your contact details and the answer to the question: Apart from Casus, what else goes Knee Deep?
The winner will be contacted on Friday morning.
See Knee Deep by Casus this Friday September 27 and Saturday 28.
(Live music and light meals from 6pm.)
NORPA at Lismore City Hall
Tickets A$39 | S$33 | C$31 | U-18 $20
Patron advice: Recommended for ages 7+.
Booking: Tel 1300 066 772 or www.norpa.org.au.