The lines between movement, dance, theatre, and circus are beautifully blurred by Circa, a contemporary performance company that is bringing two performances of its show “Carnival of the Animals” to the Moss Arts Center March 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The performances will be held in the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

Audiences of all ages will be enchanted by the Circa carnival and its whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea, who tumble, fly, leap, and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom.

“Carnival of the Animals” is a thrilling escapade inspired by the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. A delightful salute to feathers, fur, and fins, Circa’s acrobats bring this classical music suite to life for a new generation of circus, music, and animal lovers. A work of sophisticated and delightful family entertainment, it is at once both contemporary and old world and amazes, amuses, and uplifts.

Since 2004, the Australia-based Circa has been at the frontier of new circus, creating powerful works that challenge, thrill, and delight. Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa features an ensemble of exceptional, multiskilled circus artists who have been a regular fixture at leading festivals and venues in New York, London, Berlin, and Montreal, with seasons at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Barbican Centre, Les Nuits de Fourvière, and Chamäleon Theatre, as well as major Australian festivals.

These performances are supported in part by a gift from the Merryman family.


Tickets for the performance are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email during regular business hours.

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