Circa’s Carnival of the Animals
Coming to Walton Arts Center
for 7th Annual Artosphere Festival
Acrobatic, Dance and Musical Theater Performance
Brings Animal Kingdom to Life!


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., April 19, 2016 — Walton Arts Center is pleased to announce internationally acclaimed, Australian circus company Circa — known for its highly inventive brand of physical theater works — will perform at the 7th Annual Artosphere Festival: Arkansas’ Art and Nature Festival.

Circa, an ensemble of multi-skilled dancers, acrobats, gymnasts and tumblers, will perform Carnival of the Animals on Friday, May 13, at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. Showtime is at 7 pm. Tickets are $10.

One of the 2016 Artosphere Festival’s featured events for children and families, Carnival of the Animals is a blend of circus, music and multimedia. Circa’s performers will take audiences on a thrilling escapade through the wondrous world of the animal kingdom with whimsical tales of creatures from land and sea.

Carnival of the Animals beautifully uses and is inspired by the music of classic French composer Camille Saint-Saens. The stage is transformed into a series of imaginative animal habitats, with large digital projections and huge silk swathes. The gifted performers dazzle with incredible feats and aerial wonders, combining with a moving backdrop and animated visuals to create the feeling of being in a larger-than-life storybook!

Circa, based in Brisbane, Australia, is an ensemble of performing artists who extend the limits of what a circus can do. Their unique vision moves the spectacle of traditional circus into a more challenging and contemporary art form. Since 2006, Circa has toured to 32 countries across the globe and performs to around 130,000 people each year.

The Artosphere Festival celebrates art and nature with dozens of low-cost and free performances, activities and events taking place at inspiring locations throughout Northwest Arkansas. This year’s festival, May 10-27, features expanded family programming, and the return of festival favorites including Trail Mix, the Chapel Music Series, and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.

For tickets to Circa’s Carnival of the Animals and other Artosphere events, visit ArtosphereFestival.org or call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600.