Expressions of interest close 27 April

Circus Oz is seeking expressions of interest from independent artists and small companies who would like to present their work in The Melba Spiegeltent at Circus Oz during the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival will be the premiere Fringe season in Circus Oz’s 104-year-old Spiegeltent, Collingwood’s newest venue. Circus Oz is keen to encourage a wide range of contemporary works that reflect their values of community, diversity, humanity and hilarity.

The company believes there are many ways to demonstrate their values and would like to see shows that celebrate or interrogate humanity whether it is through comedy, physicality or music.

Circus Oz is seeking shows of all shapes and sizes; while they would certainly love to see some circus in The Melba Spiegeltent for the Fringe, they would also like to present a range of all that is new and interesting about emerging theatre, music, performance and circus.

Circus Oz has a long-held love with live music and, taking inspiration from their new next-door neighbours The Tote; would love to get some live music into the tent to give the dance floor the workout it deserves.

The company believes that a Spiegeltent is a pretty magical place and that the soul of that place sneaks its way into the work performed within. Circus Oz want to expose and expand on this and so are particularly interested in showcasing work that is site-specific, shows that use the Spiegeltent in different ways, and think outside the classic Spiegeltent genres of vintage cabaret/burlesque. If you have an idea that makes the tent a living part of your show, or if your show could take on an interesting new twist in the presence of such surroundings, Circus Oz wants to hear about it.

The Circus Oz building is the new kid on the Collingwood block but Circus Oz hopes it will soon develop into a hub for the creative community

WHEN: 9 – 27 April 2014
WHERE: The Melba Spiegeltent at Circus Oz, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood, Victoria
MORE INFO: www.circusoz.com/the-spiegeltent  |  or contact Clare McKenzie spiegeltent@circusoz.com.au

PHOTO: Circus Oz – The Blue Show 2011.
Performer: Luke Taylor
Photographer: Rob Blackburn