Circa return to Galway with their extraordinary take on Swan Lake

27 May 2024

Feathers will fly in Circa’s exuberant take on Swan Lake when Duck Pond opens at the Galway International Arts Festival on Friday 19th July for six performances only.

This unmissable production will be staged at the Festival Theatre, Kingfisher, University of Galway. Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz with members of the globally renowned Circa ensemble, this is one of the company’s most ambitious works yet.

Circa have been firm Festival favourites returning to Galway over the years, including The Space Between (2007), By the Light of the Stars Which are No Longer (2008), Furioso (2009) and Humans (2018). Audiences are continually blown away by this extraordinary globally acclaimed company.

Be swept away by this tale of swans and hapless princes sparkling with quirky touches like the sequined flipper-wearing duck army and a burlesque black swan. There are sumptuous aerials, jaw-dropping acrobatics and of course feathers! Touching, funny and utterly entertaining, Duck Pond is a tale of identity and finding your true self.

Speaking from their home base in Brisbane Artistic Director of Circa Yaron Liftschitz said “We are absolutely thrilled to be making our way back to the enchanting city of Galway and its spectacular festival with our latest creation, Duck Pond. Galway holds a dear place in Circa's heart: it was one of the first international festivals to programme us and this will be our fifth Arts Festival season. The warmth and energy of the festival audiences in Galway never fail to inspire us, and we are beyond excited to once again share our art with them.”

Artistic Director of the Festival Paul Fahy remarked “In Duck Pond, the world’s most romantic ballet is re-imagined as a circus spectacular, full of Circa’s signature physicality and shot through with cheeky humour, incredible energy and a brilliant score.. Circa have led the way in contemporary circus and what they achieve physically is simply sensational. The Festival Theatre at the Kingfisher was created by GIAF last year and we are thrilled audiences will have the opportunity to see such an amazing show in a wonderful auditorium.’

Galway International Arts Festival takes place from 15-28 July 2024 with a packed programme of theatre, circus, music, visual art, street art and spectacle, comedy and talks, that looks at who we are and what concerns us.

Tickets for Circa’s Duck Pond which runs from 19-24 July at the Festival Theatre, Kingfisher, University of Galway, along with all other Festival events, are now on sale through