Lexie Cartwright  |  Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast  |  8th Mar 2014

ASPIRING CIRCUS AND PHYSICAL THEATRE PERFORMERS ARE INVITED TO RUB SHOULDERS WITH THE PROS AND WORK TOGETHER TO SECURE THE INDUSTRY’S FUTURE

IF YOU FEEL PASSIONATELY ABOUT THE ARTS SECTOR THEN THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU TO COME

The Gold Coast’s thriving creative scene has caught the attention of the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association (ACAPTA), who will host their Circus and Physical Theatre Sesh here later this month.

After holding the first brainstorming seminar in Melbourne late last year, ACAPTA director Gail Kelly couldn’t think of a better place to visit for ideas that will help cement the industry’s future.

“There’s so much creative potential on the Gold Coast and it’s a really active area, with so much innovation,” she says.

“New things are always happening on the Coast and it’s a perfect place to talk about the future of circus arts and really delve into its potential with the community.”

The Circus and Physical Theatre Sesh invites artists and performers to brainstorm ideas that will catapult the industry to new strengths.

“We’re welcoming artists primarily, and companies who work in the arts,” Gail says.

“But we’re not discriminating — if you feel passionately about the arts sector then this is the place for you to come and put your ideas out on the table.

“Not only that, but it will really help build those crucial networks and get a sense of other people and artists in the community.”

It’s who you know in the performing industry and Gail promises a room packed with credible contacts.

“Circus Oz people will be in the room, along with all the arts companies, and with drinks afterwards there’s plenty of time for informal conversation,” she says.

“I feel as an artist you’re often isolated from the community with your own craft, and they are the people who you can really foster brilliant ideas with.

“It’s about coming together with like-minded people, especially with the Commonwealth Games on the horizon.

“The main point of the Sesh is to help artists make connection collaboration, because ultimately they are the future.”

Gail is hopeful the initiative will revive enthusiasm for a struggling industry.

“We’re so under-resourced, and we’re also undervalued,” she says. “Artists will understand that circus and physical theatre hasn’t been a priority and is not recognised enough for what it delivers. Communities and audiences come to watch our presentations and they love it, so we need to really keep working on building that dynamic and the more we can intrigue and inspire people, the better.” The program runs for a full day. “Our opening session is quite dramatic — we basically present that its 2020 and the circus arts in Australia are now extinct,” Gail says.

“People are invited to present ideas to prevent this. So what is our future collectively what do we want as artists?

“It will be a really dynamic and resilient atmosphere and we’re so excited to get there and get started.

“You are the experts, and we need you.”

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Gold Coast Eye [Gold Coast Bulletin Saturday supplement magazine]

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ARTISTS: A4 Ensemble PHOTOGRAPHER: Jarrod Rose
Please note, The other uncredited photo used in the article is of Anna Lumb. [photographer Jarrod Rose]