Dark Circus


Australian Premiere

Thu 05—Mon 09 Oct

The Coopers Malthouse


It’s simply too beautiful to be scary.

Dancing Review

A unique celebration of creativity for ages 8+

‘Come for the show, stay for the woe!’

A sinister ringmaster invites the inhabitants of a gloomy city to a circus tent, where they preside over catastrophic acts. The trapeze artist plummets, the animal trainer is devoured, the human cannonball is lost in space…

Paper, ink, sand and silhouettes burst to life in this riotous work for children and adults. French duo Romain Bermond and Jean-Baptiste Maillet draw and play music as they build a big-top universe live, their striking creations projected onto a large screen.

The amazing result is cinema without film, mixing DIY creativity with a poetic sensibility. Accompanied by a whimsical funk and soul soundtrack, this feel-good show literally emerges before the eyes. 

Artist Talk

Sat 07 October, 2PM Post-show

Stay after the performance for an in conversation with the artists.

★★★★ Funny, poetic, intelligent.

Time Out Paris

A total pleasure... filled with lyricism and freshness.

Le Monde

A full-on sensory experience... it’s heartfelt, technically bold and visually spectacular.

Plays To See, London
Creators and performers
Romain Bermond
Jean-Baptiste Maillet
Original story
Artistic collaborator
Frédéric Maurin

STEREOPTIK acknowledges financial support from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/ DRAC Centre-Val de Loire and Région Centre-Val de Loire.