Aerial artistry, ballet and circus combine to create the bewitching tale of a 19th-century aristocrat haunted by the ghosts of his past. Welsh company Citrus Arts make captivating, magical, and visually striking works with multi-skilled artists and rich theatricality.

Citrus Arts' 'Savage Hart' comes to Déda on Saturday 29 November. Book your tickets online or call 01332 370911.

Ambitious Artistic Directors of Welsh company Citrus Arts tell us why they are so excited to bring new work 'Savage Hart' to Déda


"We’re roughly half-way through our tour of “Ceirw-Savage Hart”, and the approaching performance at Déda is a milestone that we’re very much looking forward to. The show is looking as handsome as our Stag Spirit character (“Tall, in tight-fitting ballet pants revealing a body sculpted of marble, conveying sheer animal magnetism. Regal. Dignified.” – Lucy Loves Circus blog), with our performers, musicians and live lighting operator all hitting their collective stride.

Ceirw-Savage Hart is Citrus Arts’ most ambitious show so far (‘Ceirw’ is the Welsh word for Deer), and that ambition is in sync with our relationship with Déda over the past few years. In 2013 we collaborated with Walk The Plank & Déda in staging an outdoor spectacle called “Elemental Force” in Derby city centre, and made a connection with the Déda team there.

Later on we talked to the team there again about their interest in how dance and aerial circus practises meet and combine in the ways that both organisations see a rich, fertile creative territory that celebrates a mix of highly technical and physical work coming together to combine stories with spectacle, and high ambitions for the overall quality of the experience for audiences.

A part of our ongoing relationship with Déda so far exists in one of their very fine studios that now has facilities & equipment for aerial work offered to University of Derby students, and interested learners within the wider community of future artists and practitioners in the area.


We’re really proud to be playing our part in championing the ways that dance and physical theatre can combine with contemporary circus in tune with Déda’s ambition. We hope that anyone who wants to be told a touching, poignant story in a very beautiful way will appreciate the collaboration and forging of partnerships that goes on behind the scenes."

James & Bridie Doyle-Roberts – Artistic Directors, Citrus Arts



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