Circa Duck Pond

5 - 8 Jul 2023
Playhouse, QPAC
1 hour 30 minutes
(no interval, subject to change without notice)
$39 - $59 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

Available Discounts

Student, Four Ticket Offer

World Premiere

Feathers will fly in Circa’s exuberant take on Swan Lake.

The world's most romantic ballet is reimagined as an acrobatic spectacular, full of Circa’s signature physicality and shot through with cheeky humour, enchanting duets and colourful surrealism. 

You'll meet a clumsy film crew, a sequinned flipper wearing duck army and a burlesque black swan. There'll be sumptuous aerials, dynamic cyr wheel and of course feathers! Touching, funny and completely entertaining, Duck Pond is a tale of identity and finding your true self.

Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz (“the Caravaggio of contemporary circus”) with ten members of the globally renowned Circa ensemble, this will be one of Circa’s most ambitious works yet with haute couture costumes courtesy of Libby McDonnell, music by Jethro Woodward (with hints of Tchaikovsky) and lighting from Alexander Berlage.

The thrilling physicality of Humans 2.0 and the playful comedy of Carnival of the Animals combine to make Duck Pond a must-see circus epic. Direct from sell out seasons across London, Berlin, Montreal and more, Circa can’t wait to return to Brisbane for the world premiere of Duck Pond.

Presented by QPAC and Circa

Duck Pond is co-commissioned by QPAC and The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi; The Art House Wyong; Frankston Arts Centre; Merrigong Theatre Company and Orange Civic Theatre.

Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Circa is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) on the lands of the Jagera and Turrbal people. We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the many lands on which we create and perform. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
Always was. Always will be.


  • Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa ensemble
  • Director and Stage Design Yaron Lifschitz
  • Composer and Sound Designer Jethro Woodward
  • Costume Designer Libby McDonnell
  • Head of Wardrobe Anna Handford
  • Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
  • Dramaturg and Associate Choreographer Rani Luther
  • Associate Director Marty Evans

About Circa


Circa Contemporary Circus is one of the world's leading performance companies and a Queensland member of the national performing arts partnership framework alongside Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Theatre. Since 2004, from its base in Brisbane, Australia, Circa has toured the world - performing in 40+ countries to over 1.5 million people. Circa's works have been greeted with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents. Circa is leading the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that ‘redraw the limits to which circus can aspire’ (The Age), including smash hits HumansHumans 2.0Carnival of the AnimalsPeepshow and On by Circa.

Ballet, fairy tale and circus lovers alike will be transfixed as Duck Pond draws upon the worlds of Swan Lake and the Ugly Duckling.
Yaron Lifschitz Director

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