History

1989

Mark St Leon organises the first circus conference in Australia at the Victorian Arts Centre. Conference highlights the need for an industry peak body to represent all forms of circus.

1990

Australian National Circus Association (ANCA) is established Lorraine Grant (Ashtons Circus) is elected chair ANCA represents: the professional, youth, community and education sectors of the Australian circus sector.

1991

ANCA provides input into the Australia Council Drama Policy Review.

1992

‘Tightrope: A Safety Net for Circus and Street Performers in the 1990s’, conference is held at Darling Harbour Convention Centre, Sydney, December. ANCA produces a regular newsletter.

1993

Jane Mullett initiates a one-day search conference to ascertain the industry’s interest in establishing a national circus school.

1994

ANCA ceases trading. Conferences continue via companies such as: Circus Oz, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Legs On The Wall, Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus, the Women’s Circus.

1997

Rock ‘n Roll Circus (Bris) host: ‘Body Contact’ which revitalises circus conferences.

1998

‘2nd Head to Head’ National Circus & Physical Theatre Conference is produced at the Sydney Opera House.

1999

ANCA is legally disbanded & the National Circus and Physical Theatre Association (NCPTA) is established. ‘3rd Head to Head’, National Circus & Physical Theatre Conference is produced by NCPTA at Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne.

2001

Rock ‘n Roll Circus host the ‘Chaos and Synergy Conference’ at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

2002

NCAPTA identifies the need for a sector peak body. Sector is highlighted as a key cultural export in the Theatre Board Small Companies’ Report.

2003

‘5th Head to Head’ National Circus & Physical Theatre Conference is produced by NCPTA and Cirkidz, in Adelaide. Reg Bolton is elected as chair.

2004

NCAPTA receives funding from the Australia Council Theatre Board for a part time executive officer position for 12 months; Catherine Oddie is appointed. Name is changed to ACAPTA. Membership fees are introduced.

2005

ACAPTA hosts the ‘6th Head to Head’ conference in Geelong ACAPTA receives funding from Australia Council to employ: Antonella Casella (development officer) & Kim Kaos (finances, membership & communications) at one day per week.

2006

ACAPTA establishes the Small Companies Working Group The Fabulous Risk’ conference is produced by Monoxide Circus & Wollongong University.

2007

ACAPTA presents ‘Australian Contemporary Circus Harnessing the Global Opportunity’ report to the Australia Council The Inaugural, National Youth Circus Day Strategy is launched at Westside Circus (Melb). Other participants include: Cirkidz (SA), Flipside (QLD) & Catapult Festival (Bathurst) Sue Broadway is elected as chair.

2008

ACAPTA hosts our biennial National Conference in Adelaide in association with APAM. Committee amalgamates the executive & admin/communications positions and appoints Gail Kelly as Director.

2009

ACAPTA partners with Tashmadada & Open Channel to present the Andante Project an international master-class devised & directed by Younis Bachir from La Fura dels Baus. (Spain); partners with Theatre Works on their Circus Works season – a curated festival of new work presented by 4 emerging companies; Launches the SCOPE initiative for circus & physical theatre artists; Revamps the membership structure; Produces SPRUIK as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival; Revamps the newsletter; Hosts’ regular membership events in Melb & Syd; Implements the inaugural National Youth Circus Symposium in partnership with FFFC

2010

Theatre Fund implements a strategy entilted: Circus & Physical Theatre Director Development Program to support 3 Emerging Circus & Physical Theatre Directors as a result of the Small Companies Report. Anni Davey (Vic), Kate Fryer (Vic) & Gavin Robbins (Qld) are the successful recipients.

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