Circa and I Fagiolini directors head to Norwich Cathedral for unique collaboration project

Renaissance choral music is set to meet death-defying acrobatics at a city landmark this summer.

Two internationally-renowned artistic directors Yaron Lifschitz and Robert Hollingworth are set to work together to bring the European premiere of How Like an Angel to Norwich Cathedral in June.

Mr Lifschitz is director of Australian circus company Circa whose signature style is to combine traditional and re-imagined circus skills with sound, light and projection to create a contemporary new work.

While Mr Hollingworth is musical director of vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, whose blend of Italian and English Renaissance music has been performed worldwide.

The pair will work together to weave the performances of six world-class contemporary circus performers with the sounds of 16th and 17th century choral music.

The show is one of two Norfolk & Norwich Festival commissions for the London 2012 Festival - a 12-week nationwide celebration from June 21 to September 9.

Mr Hollingworth said: 'It's about seeing how we can draw out the meaning of music through art forms and trying to extract something out of each other.

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'It's going to be a guaranteed mesmerising hour. No matter what your interests are or what your tastes in music are, it will be an extraordinary hour.'

How Like an Angel was first performed in Perth, Western Australia, but has been re-imagined for its UK performances.

After three days at Norwich Cathedral, the show will then go on tour around some of the country's other finest cathedrals in Ely, Gloucester and Ripon.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival's artistic director William Galinsky said: 'Circa is one of the most sought after circus companies in the world at the moment and their diary is booked for the next three years. It is an amazing coup that they are performing at Norwich Cathedral and their collaboration with I Fagiolini is really unique.'

How Like an Angel will be at Norwich Cathedral for two performances on June 26-28.

Tickets will be on sale from late April available on, by phone on 01603 766400 or in person at Norwich Theatre Royal.

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