Leo Geyer

Composer and Conductor

Artistic Director:  

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Sideshows (2012 - 2017)

Sideshows was premiered by Constella Ballet & Orchestra on the 9th of August at King's Place as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2014.


Director - Joel Fisher

Choreographer - Alfie Taylor-Gaunt

Principals - Rachel Maby, Ash Longshaw, Paris Fitzpartrick

opera-ballet (libretto by Martin Kratz)

Initially Commissioned for the 20x12 Olympic

New Music Weekend

Duration: 90'



Awarded Lord Mayor's Composition Prize

Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Shortlisted for the Ludlow English Song Weekend

Roll up, roll up for the award-winning Sideshows! Feast your eyes on this opera and ballet spectacular. Proudly presenting our very own Dancing Bear, mystical Palm Reader, explosive Fire-eater and more! Ladies and Gentlemen this is a show not to be missed…


RINGMASTER conductor

PALM READER / DELIA mezzo-soprano


BEARDED LADY male dancer

SNAKE female dancer

Honker - Clarinet

Tickler - Piano

Mrs Scraper - Violin

Mr Scraper - Cello

Sideshows by Annie Keogh

"an utter delight."

"excellent musical mayhem"

British Theatre

The Daily Express

Notable Performances

7th August 2014

Constella OperaBallet - Live on BBC Radio 3


9th/10th August 2014

Constella OperaBallet - Tête à Tête Opera Festiavl, Kings Place, London


7th March 2015

Ensemble 212 - Good Shepherd-Faith Church, New York


30th July 2015

Constella OperaBallet - Live on BBC Radio 3


5th - 8th August 2015

Constella OperaBallet - Grimeborn Opera Festival, Arcola Theatre


25th - 26th Nov 2017

Costella OperaBallet - Sadler's Wells, Lillian Baylis Studio



Sideshows takes the format of an unhinged circus show, with the Ringmaster (conductor) presenting acts which quickly spiral out of control to hilarious effect. The music, which is provided by an ensemble of clowns, explores the boundaries between contemporary classical music and jazz employing jazz influenced harmony, limping grooves and wild improvisation. Some acts are sung whilst others are danced, warping the fundamentals of classical ballet technique to bring the freakish characters to life.


Sideshows is available to hire (which includes vocal reducation). Please contact the composer directly to discuss rental arrangements and performance rights.