POW began in 1995 when Jean Taylor conducted workshops in circus skills for women over 40 which culminated in a performance – Act Your Age. Members continued as an autonomous group – the Performing Older Women’s (POW) Circus.
POW’s objectives are:
- to challenge ageism and ageist assumptions
- to promote wellbeing and fitness for women over 40 of any sexual orientation, ethnicity, class, experience and physical ability
- to advance the status of women by embracing feminist perspectives and fostering lesbian visibility
- to have fun and work safely
POW is run as a collective of women, currently aged between 45 and 67, who train throughout the year in circus skills. Members also participate in small scale performances.
POW offers training members weekly classes in acrobalance which encourage and support them to extend themselves and achieve their personal best. The classes are held in Fitzroy. All training is led by qualified trainers with experience in circus arts/ performance or related disciplines. Participants do not need to have any previous acrobalance experience but do need to be enthusiastic about developing these skills in a supportive group of women over 40.
Trainers have regard for any modifications that need to be made in training for ‘older bodies’ and is tailored to suit the skill levels of participants.
SPECIALTIES: Independent Company, Social Circus, Older Women’s Circus, Acrobat, Outreach, Street Performer – stilt walkers, Performances related to older women ie Senior’s Week, Come n’ try sessions.