Producer: Circa
Writer: Yaron Lifschitz
Directed By: Yaron Lifschitz

Feathers will fly


The enchantment of Swan Lake, the thrill of the circus, with humour, panache and, of course, feathers.

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.

Short Reviews

“Messing with Swan Lake is a risky business. You wouldn’t want to do that unless you were a bit of a genius. It so happens Yaron Lifschitz is”
In Queensland
“Boldly dramatic in its chaos and also charmingly magical in its whimsy”
Blue Curtains Brisbane
★★★★ “Daring and a desire to go beyond…is what keeps Circa on the cutting edge”
“Truly talented group of energetic performers with world-class balancing and stage craft skills that astound and amaze”
Stage Whispers


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Technical Information

Touring Party: 11
Bump-in Time: 12 hrs
Bump-out Time: 1.5 hrs
Interval: No


Fixture list will be provided in tech specs. 


Draft Audio – Circa tours with its own laptop-based audio system with a main and a back-up computer outputting to an 8-channel DI and a Stereo DI, respectively. 


  • Able to fit 12m x 14m minimum acrobatic mat set 
  • Dance floor supplied by Circa lays over the top of the acrobatic mat 
  • Custom curtain and Star cloth both supplied by Circa hung upstage 

Crew Notes

Production staffing requirements will be notated in the tech specs. Circa is aware of the challenges of staffing in regional venues and will work with presenters accordingly. 

Transport Notes

Larger truck and 2 cars for performers

Audience & Marketing Notes

Duck Pond is Circa’s new all-ages-show. Fast-paced, sassy and quirky this is fun for the whole family with high-energy acrobatic sequences, lyrical duets, high comedy and a healthy dose of theatrical surprise.

Merging ballet, fairy-tales and circus, Duck Pond is a new genre of show – completely fresh, dynamic and bold.

Selling Points

  • A mash-up of Swan Lake and The Ugly Ducking - energetic and exciting remixed fairytales
  • Fresh, dynamic and bold
  • High-energy acrobatics
  • Comedic and theatrical surprising
  • All-ages circus show

Community Engagement

  • Duck Pond will have an access and engagement plan including relaxed performances and educational material.





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Venue Format

Proscenium Arch


70 mins approx Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Royalties: 11%


Technical Specifications

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