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Jon Burtt and Yaron Lifschitz In Conversation

A conversation at NICA with circus academic and practitioner Jon Burtt and CIRCA director Yaron Lifschitz celebrating the publication of the new book Contemporary Circus (Routledge, 2019).


Jon Burtt and Yaron Lifschitz (CIRCA) will discuss the creation of new work and the creative process in circus in relation to ideas explored in the book Contemporary Circus. This new book co-authored by Jon Burtt with Katie Lavers and Louis Patrick Leroux combines new critical performance theory alongside insights into contemporary creative practice in the circus arts gathered from conversations with 24 circus creators from 10 different countries.

This is a free event but seating is limited and bookings are required.

Link to the book: https://www.routledge.com/Contemporary-Circus-1st-Edition/Lavers-Leroux-Burtt/p/book/9781138680722 (30% Discount code ASD19 - for a limited time/20% Discount code CCJB230)

Dr Jon Burtt is a researcher and Lecturer in Dance and Performance Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. He teaches across dance, and theatre, and circus in the Department of Media, Music, Communication, and Cultural Studies. He was Researcher-in-Residence at the National Circus School in Montreal (2011–2012) and is a Cirque du Monde Instructor in Social Circus. He has published on circus in numerous academic journals including Theatre, Dance and Performance Training; Journal of Arts and Communities; International Journal of the Arts in Society; and New Theatre Quarterly, He is Associate Editor on The Routledge Circus Studies Reader and co-author of Contemporary Circus (Routledge 2019).

Yaron Lifschitz is Artistic Director and CEO of CIRCA. Since graduating from the Graduate Director’s Course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney, Lifschitz has directed over 60 productions including large-scale events, opera, theatre, physical theatre, and circus. His productions have been presented at major festivals and venues around the world including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; the Barbican, London; Les Nuits de Fourvière, France; Chamäleon Theater, Berlin; and all the major Australian international arts festivals. He has created more than thirty works for CIRCA which have been performed in 40 countries and seen by over one million people.


National Institute of Circus Arts
39-59 Green Street, Prahran, Victoria 3181

NICA is Australia’s Centre of Excellence for training in contemporary circus arts. It is one of eight national arts training institutes and offers Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts. Graduates of NICA have gone on to pursue exciting careers both locally and internationally and have contributed to the development of Melbourne’s vibrant circus arts industry.

Photo credits: Contemporary Circus Book Cover - NoFit State Circus/Firenza Guidi - photographer Nigel Brown;  and CIRCA/Yaron Lifschitz - photographer Pedro Greig.


Alternatively, get in touch with us via:
Telephone (+613) 9214 6975
Fax (+613) 9214 6574
Email info@nica.com.au


  • Entry on street level - entire space including entrance points, is wheelchair accessible
  • The only stairs in the building is the tiered seating in the theatre. If you are using a wheelchair, a front row seat on ground level will be arranged - please let us know at the time of booking
  • Inside the theatre, there will be a stage to the left and a seating bank to the right
  • Outdoor space available to audience members near the entry of the venue
  • Hard, non-carpeted flooring throughout
  • This space can be quite loud and crowded
  • Support animals will be allowed
  • Free drinking water provided
  • Carers and support people can attend the show for free, please contact us to arrange

Accessibility toilet:

  • Handrails, hand basin with accessible tap handle, hand dryer at appropriate height for wheelchair use & angled mirror
  • Dimensions 2.3 m x 1.9 m
  • Entrance door width 850 mm, accessibility toilet corridor width 1.6 m, corridor entrance 1 m (no door)
  • Distance from corridor entrance to toilet door 1.5 m, from toilet corridor to theatre main entrance is 17 m
  • Entry to the bathroom requires no key
  • There are handles and latches on the bathroom doors



Please note there is a lack of on street car parking availability around NICA. Roads surrounding NICA have limited street parking.
Stonnington Council operates a number of outdoor car parks that are a short walk from NICA. These include:
- Windsor Station Carpark, 28 Chapel Street - ticketing paid parking, Monday - Sunday all day
- James Street Carpark, 8 Lincoln Place - free 2 hour parking, Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm
Check Melways Maps and Google Maps for locations.

Trams and Trains:

From Flinders Street Station take the Sandringham Line train to Windsor or Prahran Stations. The Number 6 Glen Iris Tram runs along Swanston Street. The closest stop is on the corner of High and Chapel Streets.
Trams operate from 5.30am to 12.00pm midnight and with extended services available on Friday and Saturday nights. Visit metlinkmelbourne.com.au for timetable information.