Every part of Australia is,
always was and always will be,
Aboriginal land.

As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the Palawa/Tasmanian Aborigines – The original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across Lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

With thanks to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for place names and other words in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.


West + North West North + North East South


10 – 19 MAR
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Suitable for all ages

Hold your breath and enter Baroque Italy.

Florence, Naples, Venice, and Rome. Four remarkable cities, each with its own proud people, distinctive histories, and architecture. In its fourth collaboration with the internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company, Circa, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will take you on a rollicking ride through Italy’s multi-layered past. Paul Dyer’s kaleidoscopic pasticcio will be fuelled by the vivacious Brandenburg period instrumentalists and Circa’s energetic acrobats.

The crumbling columns of the Roman Forum and Dante’s flourishing Florence will emerge in a daring new choreography from circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, weaving the music of Vivaldi, Falconieri, Caccini and Corelli into a sensual, surprising, and passionate experience, a show that dances to its own unique tune.

Message from Brandenburg Artistic Director Paul Dyer AO

Italian Baroque with Circa explores the distinctive musical traditions of four powerhouse Italian cities: Naples, Florence, Rome and Venice. In this fourth collaboration with Yaron Lifschitz and Circa, acrobatics and music meld into bustling scenes from court and street life propelled by a zesty pasticcio drawn from the vivacious Italians. Highly theatrical Baritone Renato Dolcini has travelled from Milan to star in this concert series. Renato’s voice is powerful and rich and will transport you instantly to bright and beautiful Italia . I am absolutely thrilled that Perth-based Brandenburg Concertmaster Shaun Lee-Chen will lead the orchestra for the first time in almost a year. Welcome back Shaun! Get set for a rollicking ride through Italy’s multi-layered past. It’s sexy, it’s delicious and it’s passionately Baroque!

Message from Circa Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz

It’s always a thrill to collaborate with Paul Dyer and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. The Italian Baroque program he created bubbles with life. It’s a vivacious, vibrant journey through Naples, Florence, Rome and Venice. I began to imagine the after-party of a lost Fellini movie (called, of course, Italian Baroque). Movie stars mingle with clowns as the band plays. Past and present, refined and folk, commedia, contemporary circus and music all fuse together. Time ceases. The guests are caught in the glorious carousel of loves, parties, intrigues, catastrophes and comedies in a theatrical Prosecco.


Artistic Director, conductor, harpsichord – Paul Dyer AO

Guest Artistic Director (Circa) – Yaron Lifschitz

Baritone – Renato Dolcini (Italy)

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Circa Ensemble

Set design – Yaron Lifschitz & Laura Hansford

Costume design – Libby McDonnell costume design

Lighting design – Peter Rubie

Acrobatic Director – Rowan Heydon-White

Associate Director – Laura Hansford

Image Credit: Keith Saunders