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My Sydney Festival Top Five – Yaron Lifschitz

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Sydney Festival is not too far off, kicking off on January 7, and it’s generating huge buzz across Australia’s arts sector.

This is a Festival packed full of must-sees, with its mix of ground-breaking local and international work. So to help guide you through, we’ve enlisted some of the artists working at the Festival to share their top five events.

First up is Yaron Lifschitz, the artistic director of Circa, the Brisbane-based circus arts company that’s shaken up the way circus is performed both at home and all over the world. Circa is premiering a brand new work at next year’s Festival called Humans.

Here are Yaron’s selections:


Choosing five things from Wesley Enoch’s Sydney Festival is like being in a French cheese shop – how can you even begin to choose? So for every show, I apologise to the multitude I left out – you are all amazing.


I have been hoping to see some of Dimitris Papaioannou’s work live and this is my chance. He is a luminous talent and I can’t wait.


The La Boite team have had great success with this show. We always play at the same time in Brisbane Festival so I never get to see their work. I look froward to encountering it in Sydney.


Looks incredible. I love where public art meets immersion. Scale, ambition and play. What’s not to like?


Terrapin have been making innovative, creative work and word is this show is a gem. Young audiences and adults who know what is good for them should see it for sure.


Mitchell Butel is an extraordinary performer, Mary Finsterer is a searing composer and opera is a medium in a time of great change and energy. This strikes me as the sort of brave, searching work for which festivals exist.

[box]Featured image: Humans. Photo by Sarah Walker[/box]

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