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Seven acrobats flip in the foreground while two musicians perform behind them.


Since 2006, Australia’s Circa has blended bodies, light, sound, and skills to achieve its bold vision for contemporary circus. The company has toured to six continents and performed in more than thirty countries. France’s Debussy String Quartet garners international praise for its many recordings and live performances. The ensemble, winner of the Evian International String Quartet Competition, was created in 1990.

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1Project Events

Russian Class Visit

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Not open to the public

Members of Debussy String Quartet participate in a class discussion about war propaganda during a Penn State Russian 143: The Culture of Stalinism and Nazism course. Ensemble members will introduce a Dmitri Shostakovich quartet and discuss how the work is a reflection of its time period.

Lunch with Honors

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Not open to the public

Members of Debussy String Quartet participate in a lunch conversation with Penn State Paterno Fellows. The event includes a question-and-answer period.


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Eisenhower Auditorium

Fourteen acrobats and a chamber ensemble celebrate the music of Dmitri Shostakovich in Opus, a work of power, virtuosity, and poetry. The Russian composer’s quartets are, by turns, intimate, passionate, lyrical, ironic, and moving testimonies by one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. In Opus, three of his quartets and an adagio form the musical and dramatic spine for a fusion of extreme acrobatics, lyrical movement, and group choreography. More than just a source of musical accompaniment, the quartet performs from memory and is woven into the action. A critic for the British newspaper The Guardian describes Opus as “extraordinarily moving.” A reviewer for Canada’s La Presse calls it “a masterpiece of circus art.” The performance delves into the complex relationships between the individual and the group, between the march of history and the dictates of the heart, and between the tragic and the comic.


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Adult $42  |  University Park Student $19  |  18 and Younger $32


Benson and Christine Lichtig
William Rabinowitz
Shirley Sacks

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Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring the Debussy musicians, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

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