Knee Deep [Casus] – Brisbane Festival

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WHEN:  24th to 26th September 2013.
WHERE: Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm.
COST: Tue: All tickets $35  |  Wed – Thu: Adult $40/Conc $35  |  Groups $33

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Knee Deep is a breathtaking display of humanity and incredible physical skill performed with raw emotion and honesty.

In a breathtaking and vulnerable display of grace and physical power, Brisbane-born contemporary circus troupe Casus return home with their exquisite piece, Knee Deep. Performed to sold out audiences around the world this elegant acrobatic show, set to a haunting soundtrack will leave you breathless.

Four performers explore the boundaries of strength and tenderness: bodies are pulled, weighed and tested – all probing the limits of physicality and feeling. As unlikely bonds are forged and space is transcended by thrilling physical feats, audiences are invited to re-imagine the notion of our bodies’ limitations. Using traditional and contemporary circus techniques, this show journeys through moments of raw discovery and fleeting relationships as the four artists – former Circa and The Flying Fruit-Fly Circus performers Emma Serjeant, Jesse Scott and Lachlan McAulay, with Polytoxic’s Natano Fa’anana – demonstrate that delicacy does not equate to fragility.

Brisbane Festival is proud to support the home-grown talents of these innovative and unique performers.

Emma Serjeant – Company Manager, Performer
Clark Corby – Techinical Manager
Natano Fa’anana – Performer
Jesse Scott – Performer
Lachlan MacAulay – Rigger, performer
Rob Scott – Lighting Designer


***** Full of extraordinary skill and brute strength… Many circus shows build towards wow-factor moments, but in this piece you quickly cease to expect triumphant drum rolls because this is a show in which every single minute counts. (The Guardian Lyn Gardener August 2012)

As the hour draws to a close, it feels like the end of a delicious dream, one you don’t want to wake up from… This is not the sort of circus that desperately seeks applause or is crystal-studded in razzmatazz. Instead it gets to the heart of circus’s origins and explores what the body is capable of (Lucy Ribchester | Published 06 August 2012 Festival Magazine)

Perhaps the most impressive trick of all is bringing a wet and weary Fringe audience rushing to their feet in enthusiastic ovation. (Tv Bomb Julie Dawson Aug 2012)

Knee Deep was a slap in the face as to how much can be said through physical language, as the exploration and discovery of each performers strengths and limitations had the audience gasping and applauding simultaneously. (Michelle Bull XS Entertainment June 2012)

Knee Deep – is as polished as a Faberge egg, and utterly hypnotising. (ZENOBIA FROSTRave Magazine June 2012)

Casus’ debut production Knee Deep is jaw-droppingly fucking unbelievable! Knee Deep is an intimate show that highlights the wonderful versatility and resilience of the human body . . . words don’t do justice, I really recommend seeing it. (Sammy B, The City On Fire – June 2012)

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