CIRCUS OZ MEDIA RELEASE : Thursday, 13 March 2014
From Arnhem Land to Montreal – Circus Oz are giving more with a brand new show
Following an action-packed national tour crossing Arnhem Land, a Sydney Big Top season, then a smash-hit international tour across America to Montreal, Circus Oz return home to their custom-built secret circus laboratory in the heart of Collingwood to cook up a brand spanking new show – But Wait…There’s More – making its world premiere in Melbourne at Birrarung Marr from 18 June – 13 July 2014.
Circus Oz shows are co-created from the inspiration, ideas and energy derived from the unique skills of each member of the extremely diverse ensemble that are then woven into the core concept of the show like layers of a collage. For 2014 an extensive casting process was undertaken across Australia’s vibrant circus community looking for recruits to add to the Circus Oz ensemble, structured around an equal number of men and women with various backgrounds, skills and bodies. Eight new performers are making their Circus Oz debut in 2014, joining four returning Circus Oz artists.
“With so many new artists joining our ensemble, we are excited about the explosion of ideas and creativity that will emerge through the collaborative process,” explained Mike Finch, Circus Oz Artistic Director.
Performed within a spectacular large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters, But Wait…There’s More accelerates to become a roller-coaster of infobesity, speed and choice-mania – it will be a punchy, exciting and funny vaudeville-inspired show for humans of all ages.
With an astonishing mix of stunt-jumping acrobatics, cutting-edge juggling, virtuosic unicycling, elegant flying trapeze, the exciting Rou Cyr rim, cheeky impersonations, ridiculous knockabout and multi-skilled human physical exuberance, But Wait…There’s More uses circus to satirise the rising tide of information, speed, consumerism, visual pollution, television, the ‘net and today’s manic fast-paced lifestyles.
While Circus Oz draws on 36 years of true Aussie irreverence, history and culture, the new Circus Oz artistic team includes (among many others) Artistic Director Mike Finch, Artistic Associate Antonella Casella, Touring Show Director Deb Batton, Founding Member Tim Coldwell, Set Designer Felipe Reynolds, Guest Songwriter Casey Benetto and Costume Designer and Founding Member Laurel Frank – who continue a great tradition of collaboration, innovation and accessibility.
Independent director and producer, Deb Batton is a past Circus Oz performer (1993 – 1996), a performer and Artistic Director of Legs on the Wall (1996 – 2009). Felipe Reynolds was part of the design team at Global Creatures, making large-scale animatronic puppets including King Kong, How To Train Your Dragon live spectacular for Dreamworks, the internationally acclaimed Walking with Dinosaurs arena production and most recently helped create a giant Lady Liberty puppet for Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The full ensemble will be announced on World Circus Day on Saturday, 19 April 2014.
“Do see Circus Oz if they come to a town near you. It has to be one of the best touring companies this country has produced.” artsHub (2013)
“…an evening with these Australian performers (is) a delightfully entertaining mix of music, comedy, and movement,
while featuring an impressive number of gasp-inducing circus tricks.” Boston Globe Feb 2014
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, 24 MARCH 2014
Circus Oz Big Top season in Melbourne – But Wait…There’s More
Season 18 June – 13 July 2014
Duration 2 hours (including 20 minute interval)
Venue Circus Oz Big Top
Location Birrarung Marr, Melbourne (between Federation Square and Batman Avenue)
Tickets $22 – $95
Bookings ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Credited with revitalising a traditional artform in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz is a rock ‘n’ roll, animal-free circus that has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its foundation in 1978. Circus Oz undertook its first and critically praised international tour in 1980 and has continued touring to over 100 cities and regions in 26 countries – playing to over 3.5 million people.
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