Circus group rolls up with talented big band

Circa Tsuica in Opus 7. Picture: Vincent Beaume
Circa Tsuica in Opus 7. Picture: Vincent Beaume

French circus company Circa Tsuica is coming to Warwick Arts Centre with a feel-good blend of daredevil acrobatics, ripping brass rhythm and added local flavour.

The company’s nine acrobat-musicians will be joined by the University of Warwick Big Band for the show, called Opus 7.

The band began working with Circa Tsuica’s music director Camille Secheppet in December to learn the show’s repertoire of Balkan brass and American jazz - and add their own Warwick sounds into the mix. They also learnt Circa Tsuica’s technique of ‘sound painting’ so they can move as they play - though the serious acrobatics will be left to the professionals!

The resulting show is an hour of non-stop brass beats, risk-taking circus tricks and quirky humour where the performers never drop a note and the audience gets to join in the party.

Warwick Big Band leader Hannah Feld said: “This is a new type of event and new genre of music for us but we’re always up for the challenge to improve our musicianship and expand our repertoire. We’re really looking forward to performing alongside Circa Tsuica in this unique event.”

Opus 7 is the fifth show from Circus Evolution, a three-year touring scheme.

The show is on Saturday March 12 at 7.30pm and Sunday March 13 at 2.30pm. Call 024 7652 4524 or see www.warwickartscentre.co.uk