• Credit: V. Berthe Pommery

  • Credit: V. Berthe Pommery

  • Credit: L. Chauvet

  • Credit: M. Renard

  • Credit: Bruno Pires

Now or Never

Circa Tsuïca

After two sold out tours of Opus 7  in 2016, the talented musician-acrobats of Circa Tsuïca return to the UK with Now or Never,  a bigger and bolder version of their signature brass meets acrobatics fusion.

Under an impressive star-studded red and white big top, audience members are invited to share a crêpe and a glass of wine with the performers. It’s like a party that becomes a show: to the sound of Balkan jazz, the 11 French performers amaze the audience with acrobatic cycling, hand-to-hand, teeterboard and Cyr wheel.

Now or Never  will be unique to each city the company visit: in the months leading up to the show, they will collaborate with local brass bands, exchanging skills and perspectives. When the circus finally arrives in town, those local musicians will be part of the show.

This tour of Now or Never  is supported by the Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme.



  • 'Circa Tsuica has invented the Circus Brass Band, mastering acrobatics and musical rhythm, they turn art into "a weapon of mass construction".'

    Lemon Mag

  • 'A gem of humour and friendliness.'

    Ouest France

  • 'Unbridled imagination and undisciplined humour.'

    L'arc - scène nationale

  • 'A hymn to the happiness of being together.'


Previous Projects

  • Company Biography

    Circa Tsuica is the musical offspring of Cheptel Aleïkoum, the French company famous for bringing innovative pieces such as Le Repas  or Le Bal Cirque  to a growing number of people.

    The members of the Cheptel (or livestock  in English) met over 10 years ago, as they were studying at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (National Centre for Circus Arts, Châlons-en-Champagne, France). Now, when they’re not touring the world, they live together as a community in Saint Agil, a small village in the West of France, where they brought back life and a passion for brass bands.

    Their name alone is enough to give you an idea of what they’re aiming for: “Tsuica” is Romanian for “brandy”, like the party spirit that inhabits all of their creations. Fusing amazing skills and live music, they create a playground where humour meets jaw-dropping acrobatic tricks. Previously, they toured Europe with Opus 2,  Fanfarerie Nationale,  Maintenant ou Jamais. 


    A special event in a tent during the 250th anniversary year of the birth of the modern day circus.

    Local interest: local brass bands will be performing with the company on stage.

    Great night out.

    Great music and entertaining circus skills.

    Lovely community atmosphere.

    A really memorable night out.


  • Target audiences

    This show is suitable for all age ranges.