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[ACAPTA] Wind-up announcement

Following a Special General Meeting on April 1, ACAPTA has announced that it will wind up it’s operations in June 2017.  Read more… 

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[ACAPTA] Update from Anni

Usually I like to write positively about our sector, latest happenings and events, but this month I’m going to reflect on a bit of a gripe that I’ve heard from some members. It’s about commercial gigs! We had a phone call this month from an

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[Sydney Festival] Sydney Festival welcomes the circus community this January

Sydney Festival | Updated November 3, 2016  Circus industry event applications have been extended until November 11. In 2017 Sydney Festival is delighted to be hosting a range of activities targeted specifically at circus professionals. A series of industry workshops and masterclasses led by Krzysztof Soroczynski and

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[ACAPTA] National Youth Circus Symposium seeks host organisations

The National Youth Circus Symposium is one of the highlights of the Australian circus community calendar.  The symposium committee is seeking expressions of interest from youth organisations in hosting for either 2017 or 2018. Organisations should keep in mind that the event is best attended

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[Queensland Country Life] Winton to be home to acrobatics and arts training

Sally Cripps | Queensland Country Life | October 19, 2016  Flip out: The Crackup Sisters showed off their circus acrobatics at the Blackall Heartland Festival on the weekend. Picture: Sally Cripps. Two of Australia’s best-known country comedy characters, The Crackup Sisters, are launching plans for an Outback Circus

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[ArtsHub] On thin ice: making a new art form

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | October 18, 2016  What happens when the art form you love is cringe-worthy? You remake it in a contemporary manner. Image: Jim Lee Photo  When Australians think of ice skating, what inevitably springs to mind are the sequinned costumes of ice-dancers Torvill

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[ArtsHub] Arts education cuts leave sector fuming

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | October 18, 2016  Plans to cut the number of tertiary arts courses eligible for student loans from 70 to just 13 have shocked and angered Australian artists and arts workers. Image via www.shutterstock.com  As reported by ArtsHub last week, Federal Minister for

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[ACAPTA] update

This month we congratulate the winners of the Melbourne Fringe Festival Awards and take a moment to look at what’s happening in circus and physical theatre around Australia.   Check out some great opportunities including an invitation to circus performers from Sydney Festival and applications being

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[ACAPTA] National Circus Snapshot

The recent Melbourne Fringe Festival offered a fantastic circus and physical theatre program, with award nominees and winners from many parts of Australia.  This got us thinking that it would be a good time to share a snapshot of what’s happening the different states and

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[ArtsHub] Knowing when your art is successful

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | September 28, 2016  We have metrics to judge audience engagement and box office figures, but no formal process to gauge aesthetic success. Publicity image for She Said Theatre’s The Quiet Bite at Melbourne Fringe. One man’s meat is another man’s poison, goes the old

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[Echonetdaily] Northern Rivers’ youngest little hall celebrates a birthday

The Echo| Echonetdaily | September 27, 2016    Parade creations made by Artist Joey Ruigrok van der Werven at Falls Festival 2015. Photo contributed Most of the region’s halls brought to life as part of Arts Northern Rivers’ If These Halls Could Talkproject are historic structures dating back

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[The Canberra Times] Papillon brings female chainsaw juggler home to the Canberra stage

Jil Hogan| Canberra Times | September 26, 2016  When it comes to claims to fame, “only woman in the world who juggles chainsaws” would have to be close to one of the best. While Elena Kirschbaum can’t be sure she still holds the title – ”people are always learning new

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[ArtsHub] Elixir and Aeon

Katie Lavers| ArtsHub | September 26, 2016  Two Australian contemporary circus shows full of energy and promise. Image: Aeon by award-winning Sydney-based contemporary circus company Aerialize, photograph via Seymour Centre. Elixir, the award-winning show from the Melbourne-based circus contemporary circus company Head First Acrobats, and Aeon, the new show from the award-winning Sydney-based contemporary circus company Aerialize, are both part

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[The Sydney Morning Herald] Notorious Strumpet and Dangerous Girl review: ‘Savagely funny’ acrobatic jaunt through highs and lows of addiction

Cameron Woodhead | The Sydney Morning Herald| September 19, 2016  FRINGE FESTIVAL THEATRE ★★★★★ Notorious Strumpet and Dangerous Girl Jess Love Meat Market, North Melbourne Until October 2 Marianne Faithfull once described her career as “a triumph of style over substance abuse”. Notorious Strumpet and Dangerous Girl brings the wisecrack irresistibly

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[Brisbane Times] Polarity by Warehouse Circus at The Street Theatre is a new kind of show

Ron Cerabona | Brisbane Times | September 15, 2016  Polarity. Directed by Kon Kudo. Written by Liv Hewson. Warehouse Circus. The Street Theatre. October 6 to 8.  Ph 6247 1223. The executive director of Warehouse Circus, Aleshia Johnson, saysPolarity marks a change in direction for the Canberra training circus. Joshua Strachan puts

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[ACAPTA] Update from Anni

It’s been a busy month for circus everywhere it seems. The Edinburgh Festivals had a huge Australian contingent, showing the world that Australia produces some of the best and most innovative physical theatre around, see Rockie Stone’s report. Melbourne Fringe is about to gets started

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[ACAPTA] Edinburgh Fringe Wrap Up

Rockie Stone, ACAPTA Board Member | September 8th, 2016 Vincent van Berkel and myself (Company Here And Now) have just returned from taking our little show Perhaps Hope to what is effectively the world’s biggest performing arts market. And we had good company. This year

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[More Gold Coast] Kristy Seymour and her Circus Stars

Rhonda Oxnam for Gold Coast Creative | More Gold Coast| September 1, 2016  AERIALIST KRISTY SEYMOUR DIDN’T HAVE TO RUN AWAY TO JOIN THE CIRCUS … SHE CREATED HER OWN UNIQUE VERSION RIGHT HERE ON THE GOLD COAST. Operating out of the Labrador Community Hub, Circus

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[Arts Hub] Kooza

Katie Lavers | ArtsHub | August 29, 2016  Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza arrives in Sydney: a loud, brash, rock n’ roll show with world-best circus acts. Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza Skeleton Dance. Photograph via Cirque du Soleil. With its jaw-dropping athletic skill and high-risk circus acts, Kooza is a celebration of traditional

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[Arts Hub] Off the Record

Katie Lavers | Arts Hub | August 22, 2016  Provocative and stimulating new physical theatre work from Force Majeure Force Majeure in partnership with Dance Integrated Australia in Off the Record.Photograph by Gregory Lorenzutti Off the Record from Sydney based physical theatre company Force Majeure, in partnership with Dance Integrated

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[The Guardian] Roll up, roll up! Edinburgh festival circus roundup

Lyn Gardner | The Guardian | August 19, 2016  This year’s acts demonstrate circus’s capacity for topical introspection as well as clownishness – though its conservative approach to gender could use a shake-up A lot of bottle … Gandini Juggling perform Water on Mars. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty

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[ACAPTA] UPDATE FROM ANNI

Anni Davey | August 15th 2016   August has developed as the month when Australian Circus artists launch themselves into the world market, storming the Edinburgh Fringe with idiosyncratic and brilliant offerings. All reports so far underline that Australia continues to create superior work with

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[Simon Parris: Man in Chair] Laughter and Tears review

Simon Parris |Simon Parris: Man in Chair| August 14, 2016  Leaders in arts innovation, Victorian Opera delivers ingeniously conceived new program Laughter and Tears, the entertainment value of which is significantly enhanced by a fruitful collaboration with Circus Oz. Separated from its long-term performance partner Cavalleria rusticana, Leoncavallo’s

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[Arts Hub] Opera and circus: strange bedfellows

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | August 9, 2016  Contemporary art form meets 17th century tradition; an unlikely pairing rich with potential. Il Ritorno photo by Damien Bredberg Though collaboration is common in our sector, it’s often between artists working in similar art forms or sharing methodologies.

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[Arts Hub] The Mill on the Floss

Robert Chuter | ArtsHub | Aug 8, 2016  “I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean.” – George Eliot. Zahra Newman in The Mill on the Floss Photograph by Pia Johnson. This shouldn’t work. Staging a 19th century novel that spans decades,

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[Arts Hub] Montreal Complètement Cirque 2016 – Festival Roundup

Katie Lavers | ArtsHub | July 26, 2016  For lovers of contemporary circus Montreal in July is the place to be! Ephemeral Architectures: Gandini Juggling 2016. Photograph by Ash.    Montreal Complètement Cirque, the annual contemporary circus festival, took place in Montreal from 7-17th July 2016 and

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Clownland by Judith Lanigan – Review by Patrick Bath

  Clownland is not an easy novel to classify and I believe that is one of its strengths. It is a book of ideas but it is more than that. Part autobiographical journey to redemption, part journalism; wonderfully invoking and describing the places and people

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[AON] Aon Performers Insurance Offer: 14 months cover + prices as low as $75

Aon, ACAPTA’S recommended insurance partner for members, and insurance provider to over 13,000 in the Entertainment industry, understand your performing risks and are pleased to launch a fantastic new special offer on their Performers cover which includes free cover and cheaper prices! Aon’s tailored Performers

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[Arts Hub] The Elephant in the Room

Katie Lavers | ArtsHub | July 11, 2016  Surreal circus explores unspoken desires and dreams through extreme, heightened physicality. Image: Cirque Le Roux in their first show The Elephant in the Room photograph courtesy Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival. The Elephant in the Room is the first show from Cirque Le

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[Brisbane Times] Ashton’s circus clown loses dogs in fire

Amy Mitchell-Whittington | Brisbane Times | July 7, 2016  A freak caravan fire at the Ashton circus in Morayfield has claimed the lives of a dog and three puppies and devastated the tight-knit family on Thursday. Ashton Entertainment performer Tamara Rodriguez, 38, had just popped up the road to the BP when

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[Arts Hub] Controversy as Big West Festival announces closure

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | July 11, 2016  Current funding challenges facing the arts sector are not the reason for the festival’s closure says Chair, while stakeholders fume over lack of consultation. Publicity image for The graceful giraffe cannot become a monkey, Big West Festival 2015. Big

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[The Age] CIRCUS OZ SOARS TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH TERRIFICALLY CONFIDENT SHOW

Jordan Beth Vincent | The Age | July 11, 2016  Rating: Four and a Half Stars. Circus Oz’s Twenty-Sixteen has arrived in the familiar Melbourne Big Top, fresh off a short regional and international tour. With a few shows already delivered, the company at Thursday’s gala night seem relaxed

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[ACAPTA] UPDATE FROM ANNI

Anni Davey | Wednesday 16 June 2016 Thank you to those members who joined us at the AGM on Saturday 28th May. The new Strategic Plan has been endorsed pending a funding announcement from Creative Victoria which we look forward to receiving news about in

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[Arts Hub] National day of action to be held this Friday

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | June 15, 2016  Artists and arts workers across the country are mobilising to highlight the fact that the arts matter to Australia. Banner drops at high-profile arts venues, a ‘do read the comments’ campaign encouraging artists and arts lovers to interact with anti-arts

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[ACAPTA] Remembering Ian Reece

Antonella Casella, Circus Oz | Tuesday 7 June  2016   As we reach the middle of the year it’s time to take a moment for a brief tribute to Queensland circus and children’s activities legend, Ian Reece, who passed away May 14, aged 81. A

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[ArtsHub] Labor boosts funding in new arts policy

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | June 4, 2016  One month out from the federal election the ALP have launched a new arts policy which promises to undo the damage of the Abbott-Turnbull Government. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten; photo by CPSU/CSA via Flickr The Australian Labor Party has

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[Westside Circus] Westside Circus launches Incubator Program

Westside Circus | Monday 30 May  2016 Westside Circus has a new home. It’s in Preston – and it’s huge. Westside are calling for Expressions of Interest from circus and physical theatre artists and companies wanting to develop a new skill, act or show to

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[ACAPTA] Re the recent funding announcements

Anni Davey | Tuesday 17 May  2016 I have to state clearly my involvement with the recent four-year funding decisions that came down from the Australia Council on Friday 13 May 2016. I sat on the Multi Arts panel as a peer, and so intimately

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[ArtsHub] Who are the new guard?

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | May 17, 2016  Among the gloom of last week there’s a bright note: some companies have received multi-year organisational funding for the first time. Marrugeku’s Cut the Sky; photo by John Green. The events of Black Friday – a dark day for the

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[The Monthly] Black Friday

Alison Croggon | The Monthly | May 16, 2016  The latest round of Australia Council funding is the culmination of years of cuts and mismanagement of arts funding Black Thursday, February 6th. 1851 (detail), William Strutt. Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria The Australian arts community

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[ACAPTA] Derek Ives

Anni Davey | Monday 16 May  2016 Derek Ives (20/3/1968 – 27/4/2016) Vale   Our community lost a treasured friend, and significant initiator, inspirer, driver and mentor of the contemporary circus movement, on 27th April when Derek Ives passed away in his sleep. He was

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[ACAPTA] Notification of ACAPTA AGM

ACAPTA | Friday 13th May  2016 Dear Members, Notice is hereby given of the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association (ACAPTA) All current financial members of ACAPTA are invited to attend. If your membership has lapsed and you would like to attend

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[AUSTRALIAN CIRCUS FESTIVAL] 2016 FESTIVAL WRAP UP AND AWARDS

John LeMare, Australian Circus Festival, April  30, 2016  The festival took place over three days in two venues. During the first two days, in the studio of Performance Art, Western Sydney (PAWS), there were rehearsals and then performances by artists from the very young through to

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[ArtsHub] Vale Derek Ives

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | April 29, 2016  The Australian circus community is in mourning following the death of clown, rigger and friend Derek Ives on Thursday. Derek Ives in the 2014 production The Long Pigs. Image by Ponch Hawkes. Iconoclastic, inspiring, much loved and deeply influential, the

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[ACAPTA] Update from The Chair

Arrivals and departures, Annual General Meeting announcement and ACAPTA Board Recruitment Anni Davey | Tuesday 19 April  2016 Gail Kelly has left the building! After eight huge and challenging years as our intrepid leader Gail Kelly has decided to move on. Gail has been an

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[The Guardian] Super Sunday review – daring circus blokes are solid fairground attraction

Lyn Gardner | The Guardian | Monday 11 April 2016 3/5 stars, Roundhouse, London This all-male troupe impress with their human cannonballs and religious spin on the wheel of death, but the audience remains emotionally detached Wheel of death … Super Sunday at the Roundhouse, London. Photograph: David

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[ArtsHub] Stunt Lounge – Skilled young performers test their bodies to the limit in this thrilling circus showcase

Georgia Symons | ArtsHub | Friday 1 April, 2016 Photo by Darcy Grant Circus is the ultimate live performance. Live in the sense that you know that what you’re watching is really happening, and could go drastically wrong at any minute. It’s this compelling liveness that has

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[Arts Northern Rivers] Opening – Brunswick Picture House

Arts Northern Rivers | 22nd March, 2016 After 30 years, the curtain is lifting on the Brunswick Picture House. The iconic former Brunswick Pictures site on Fingal Street in Brunswick Heads has had a new lease on life and opens its doors Easter Weekend 2016. Thanks to internationally acclaimed

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[ACAPTA] Congratulations to 2016 Green Room Award winners

  At this year’s Green Room Awards, the Technical Achievement Award went to Laurel Frank of Circus Oz. The award for Innovation in Contemporary Circus went to Skye Gellmann, Naomi Francis, Alex Gellmann and Kieran Law for Bodies over Bitumen. In the Cabaret category, Briefs was granted awards

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[Gail Kelly] #CircusForTheFuture

Gail Kelly | Monday 7 March 2016 The ACAPTA Board has decided; due to economic imperatives to restructure the organisation, therefore the position of director will no longer exist, from March 2016. ACAPTA has always been a small and vulnerable organisation and we have had

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[Herald Sun] Melbourne bans exotic animals from circus shows

Ian Royall | Herald Sun | Monday 15 February 2016 Elephants will be one of many exotic animals banned from being used in circus shows in Melbourne. Picture: AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand. MELBOURNE is set to join 45 other councils around Australia in banning exotic circus animals within

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[ArtsHub] Performing arts world comes to Australia

News Desk | ArtsHub | Wednesday 24 February 2016 For the first time in 15 years, the International Society for the Performing Arts Congress has chosen an Australian venue. A performance at the 2016 ISPA Congress New York; image via Facebook. The International Society for the Performing

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[ArtsHub] William the Great

Julian Orbach | ArtsHub | Tuesday 1 March 2016 A modern and clean circus show. Image: www.adelaidefringe.com.au William the Great is a collaboration between the French-Canadian Bête de Cirque and local circus artists. It tells the story of the upcoming coronation of a petty, annoyed, and sometimes

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[ArtsHub] The arts need to demand exceptions

Madeleine Dore | ArtsHub | Friday 19 February 2016 To produce exceptional art, artists need exceptions from the rules of general society, a leading artistic director told the ArtsHub Conference. PIAF’s 2015 headliner The Giants teaches us how to be exceptional. Image: www.perthfestival.com.au As an artistic director,

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[Brisbane Times] Queenslanders try to tumble their way into circus career

Nathanael Cooper | Brisbane Times | Thursday 11 February 2016 IT was like Australia’s Got Talent for clowns and acrobats at Brisbane’s city hall on Thursday. A ragtag band of hula-hoopers, jugglers and miscellaneous circus performers converged on the Ithaca Auditorium for Cirque du Soleil’s first audition roadshow in many

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[The West Australian] Circus act gives hope to all

David Zampatti | The West Australian | Friday 5th February 2016 Rocky Stone and Vincent van Berkel. Picture by Victoria Harrison. CIRCUS Perhaps There is Hope Left 3.5 stars The Blue Room Review: David Zampatti Intimate circus, solo or duo performances in close proximity to

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[Media Release] A new look for Circus Arts

Media Release | Circus Arts | February 2016 It’s been a long and exciting journey for Circus Arts Australia Founder and Director Belinda Hultgren.  From her beginnings learning flying trapeze at a local circus school, Belinda went on to work in USA Summer Camps and

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[ArtsHub] Australia Council showing the stress

Ben Eltham | ArtsHub | Tuesday 1st December 2015 The Australia Council is restructuring for life to manage Fifield’s Catalyst regime with current staff made redundant and new positions announced. On the Australia Council’s website right now, you can see a rather interesting job advertised. It’s for

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[WESTSIDE CIRCUS] WESTSIDE CIRCUS HAS A NEW HOME

Media Release | Westside Circus | Monday 30th November WESTSIDE CIRCUS HAS A NEW HOME AT 41 CRAMER ST PRESTON – BUILDING Q We have secured a 600sqm GYM that will set the company on a path of increased stability, opportunity and sustainability. The space is

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[Lolly Jar Circus] Some Sweet Achievements from Lolly Jar Circus

Media Release | Lolly Jar Circus | Friday 27th November Some Sweet Achievements from Lolly Jar Circus                   Charlie spinning six hoops at Lolly Jar Circus Here at LJC we were absolutely thrilled that our graduate participant

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[ArtsHub] Australia Council responds to Catalyst news

Arts Hub Writer [not listed] | ArtsHub | Friday 20th November 2015 The Australia Council welcomes the return of $8 million per year in funding announced today by the Minister Fifield. Image: pixabay.com  In a statement issued by the Australia Council for the Arts, Chief Executive

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[news.com.au] Animal cruelty, or man’s best friend? The complicated ethics of keeping lions in Australian circuses

Sharday Stirton | news.com.au | Monday 16th November 2015 It’s a confronting sight seeing a trained lion, the king of the jungle, perform behind a wire cage. But trainers say their lives are much better than the alternatives. THE performing lions of Stardust Circus can be seen

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[ArtsHub] Burning out? It’s not you who needs fixing

Madeleine Dore| ArtsHub | Monday 16th November 2015 Burnout is a perpetual risk for anyone working in the arts. How can we shift responsibility from the individual and fix the problem from the top? Paper leaf – Sydney by street artist Miguel Marquez For many arts workers

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[ACAPTA] Spirits are high for the first National Youth Circus Day Awards!

Media Release | ACAPTA | Friday 13th November Spirits are high for the first National Youth Circus Day Awards!                       The Australian Circus and Physical Theater Association (ACAPTA) is proud to announce the inaugural recipient of

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[ArtsHub] New festival opens up Asian opportunities for Australian artists

Performing Arts Writer | ArtsHub | Friday 30th October 2015 Victorian artists will have opportunities to make new work with Asian partners as part of a new Asian arts festival Tao Ye Dance Theater; image via culturalexchange-cn.nl Chinese contemporary dance company Tao Ye Dance Theater have been announced

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[ArtsHub] Slow but steady progress at Collingwood arts precinct

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | Friday 30th October 2015 The former TAFE college in Collingwood has received a $2 million basic upgrade, but the site is far from being tenant-ready. The Collingwood site as viewed from the street; image via Arts Hub Development continues at the planned Collingwood

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[ArtsHub] 50 ways to take care of yourself in the arts

Madeleine Dore | ArtsHub | Friday 30th October 2015 Feeling burned out? Here are practical tips and advice from community arts workers, artists, practitioners and managers on how to manage self-care in the arts. As a sector, the arts is on the verge of burnout if not already teetering far

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[ArtsHub] Remote arts will suffer more under NPEA, Senate hearing told

Deborah Stone | ArtsHub | Thursday 29th October 2015 The loss of Australia Council funding to the NPEA will affect employment opportunities and cultural vitality most in the Northern Territory, where there are no major arts organisations. Photo: Ngukurr Dancers by Benhamin Baylis at Dancesite 2015. Image via Artback

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[The Guardian] How social enterprise circuses are impacting on disadvantaged youths

Rich McEachran | The Guardian | Friday 21 March 2014 – reposted here 24 October 2015 Social enterprises across the world are using circus tricks and tips to help disadvantaged youths, educate communities and improve the areas in which they exist. Teachers often tell students to stop ‘clowning around’

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[ArtsHub] Injury and the arts: planning for pain

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | Monday 12th October 2015 Sooner or later, dancers and circus artists will hurt themselves. But what is the cost when the show goes on despite broken bones or overuse injuries? Promotional image for the Casus production Knee Deep. The simple act of trying

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[ACAPTA] Awards and Recognitions for Circus Artists in October

Industry Update | ACAPTA | Tuesday 6th October 2015 Following the Melbourne and Sydney Fringe Festivals and with a number of independent circus companies touring, we thought we’d try and update you with the latest list of awards and recognitions for our sector [feel free to

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[Sydney Morning Herald] No Punchline review: Strong circus women a big hit

Jordan Beth Vincent | Sydney Morning Herald | Sunday 4th October 2015 Working woman: No Punchline explores the pressures of gender norms and expectations. Photo: Supplied CIRCUS NO PUNCHLINE ★★★☆ Arts House, Meat Market, until October 4 Reviewed by Jordan Beth Vincent The relationship between strength and femininity is the theme in No

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[ArtsHub] Circus and politics: a very Australian mix

Gillian Arrighi | ArtsHub | Tuesday 6th October 2015 We may think of politically-oriented circus productions as a recent development, but they can be traced back to the late 19th century. Australian circus is in demand. Contemporary circus and circus-infused physical theatre are amongst our most innovative and

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[Sydney Morning Herald] Spectacular Cabaret Circus Limbo Set For Melbourne Festival

Stephanie Bunbury | Sydney Morning Herald | Sunday 4th October 2015 Heather Holliday can swallow up to six swords at a time. Photo: Simon Schluter    Is swallowing swords dangerous? Well, obviously. “I don’t ever like to get cocky about it,” says Heather Holliday, “because I know accidents happen

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[Abaris International] DMM Karabiner Safety Warning / Recall latest (ed 3)

Media Release | Abaris International | Monday 21st September 2015 DMM are issuing a product recall, subject to user inspection. This document details the products that are affected by the recall and contains instructions to identify whether or not an affected product should be returned to DMM.

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ACAPTA E-news – September 2015

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[Tasmanian Circus Festival] A New Tasmanian Circus Festival kicks off!

Tasmanian Circus Festival | Media Release | Monday 7th September 2015           A New Tasmanian Circus Festival is currently shaping up and kicks off in January 2016! The Festival is being held at a new location on circus performer’s Jim Carroll and

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[The Australian] Sydney Fringe Festival on a roll after tough start

Simone Fox Koob | The Australian | Friday 4th September 2015 It’s 2002, and while the world-­famous Adelaide Fringe Festival celebrates its 42nd anniversary and Melbourne Fringe its 20th, the Sydney Fringe is forced to close its doors after just six years in operation. Its successor, the

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[ArtsHub] Live performance industry outperforms retail, again

Madeleine Dore | ArtsHub | Thursday 3rd September 2015 Live performance industry outperforms retail, accommodation and retail trade reporting $1.51 billion in revenue and 18.54 million in attendance in 2014. Despite a drop in the average ticket price and reported lower consumer confidence, the live performance industry

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[ArtsHub] $10 an hour: harsh realities before Senate Inquiry

Editor | ArtsHub | Thursday 3rd September 2015 The Senate hearing on arts funding in Hobart was told the arts sector in Tasmania is close to collapse. It was standing room only at the Senate hearing on arts funding in Hobart but no Coalition MPs attended

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[ArtsHub] Ten reasons you should be attending Brisbane Festival

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | Tuesday 1st September 2015 David Berthold’s first festival as Artistic Director has much to offer: here are our anticipated highlights. Image: Macbeth, part of the Congo Connections program at Brisbane Festival. Photo by Nicky Newman. When Brisbane’s Warana Festival was established in 1961,

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[WOW247] DANCE REVIEW: CLOSE UP by CIRCA

Kelly Apter | WOW247 | Monday 24 August 2015    Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Close Up, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★ We’ve got circus coming out of our ears at the Fringe this year, but Australia’s Circa has long proved itself ahead of the

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ACAPTA E-news – August 2015

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[ArtsHub] Thirty years of the Melbourne Festival

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | Tuesday 4th August 2015 The 2015 program features increased opportunities for conversation and engagement, as well as the chance to reflect on the Festival’s history and influence. First held in 1986 under the direction of composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Melbourne Festival

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[The Conversation] Majors and the majority: planning for Australia’s artistic legacy starts now

Lawrence English | The Conversation | Thursday 30th July 2015 The Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) is a collection of 28 performing arts companies in Australia. With the exception of a handful of these companies – including Opera Australia, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Circus Oz and several others –

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[Australia Council for the Arts] AUSTRALIA COUNCIL OUTLINES REVISED GRANTS PROGRAM

Media Release | Australia Council for the Arts | Thursday 23 July 2015 The Australia Council for the Arts has today announced changes to its grants program in response to the 2015-16 budget measures. Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said the Council is committed to

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[ArtsHub] Senate inquiry flooded with submissions

Richard Watts | ArtsHub | Monday 20th July 2015 The inquiry into the impact of Senator Brandis’ raid on the Australia Council budget has received more than 2000 submissions. Ancient Egyptian art in the Museo archeologico nazionale (Florence). Photo by Sailko via Wikipedia.  More than 2000 submissions

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Crisis Meeting: Update – Stand Up for Artists! [ACAPTA]

Media Release | ACAPTA |  Thursday 16 July 2015 ACAPTA urges all circus and physical theatre artists to make a submission to the SENATE INQUIRY by FRIDAY 17th JULY, 5pm Greetings Members, Colleagues and Friends, ACAPTA in partnership with Circus Oz called an urgent circus arts

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ACAPTA E-news – JULY 2015

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[Flying Fruit Fly Circus] Opera House and The Flying Fruit Fly Circus Announce Partnership

Media Release | Flying Fruit Fly Circus |  Thursday 2 July 2015 Mr Greg Aplin MP, Member for Albury, last night announced a three-year partnership between Sydney Opera House and the Flying Fruit Fly Circus to deliver performance and training opportunities for both organisations. Australia’s national youth

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[ABC NEWS] The politics of the circus

Paul Donoughue | ABC NEWS | Thursday 2nd July 2015 After 17 years at Circus Oz, outgoing artistic director Mike Finch talks art, athleticism and the politics of clowning around. I told my mother I wanted to get into advertising. She said she’d disown me. My parents

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[BBC NEWS] ‘Circademics’ get serious about circus

Matt Pickles | BBC NEWS | Wednesday 1st July 2015 Not just a pretty face: Clowns can cross borders and work with marginalised youngsters “Running away to join the circus” used to be a romantic way of escaping the family and leaving behind conventional society. Now circus

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[ArtsHub] What life is really like as an artistic director

Christine Long | ArtsHub | Tuesday 9th June 2015 Running your own arts company is a dream job for many but it’s not all champagne openings and calling the shots. Four of those who have made it to the top share the challenges of actually doing the

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ACAPTA E-news – JUNE 2015

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[Gasworks Arts Park] Gasworks Circus Showdown Champion 2015

Media Release | Gasworks Arts Park | Tuesday 26th May 2015 Gasworks Arts Park is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Gasworks Circus Showdown! First place was taken out by Byron and Richard Juggling’s presentation of Jugg Life, which featured an impressive display of artistry,

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[Westside Circus] Government cuts clown around with Westside Circus’ future

Media Release | Westside Circus | Monday 25th May 2015 Government cuts clown around with Westside Circus’ future Westside Circus is a successful Youth, Community and Social Circus in Brunswick. Today, it faces significant impact from Federal Minister for the Arts Senator George Brandis, announcement that

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[The Conversation] Beyond Sorry: colonial oppression on Australian stages

Andrew Harmsen | The Conversation | Monday 25th May 2015 Andrew Bovell’s adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River is a key example of post-Apology theatre. AAP Image/Heidrun Löhr Theatrical journeys into Australia’s colonial history have often been rather grim affairs. Over the last 30 years or so, some

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[ArtsHub] Shock funding cancellations due to AusCo Federal Budget 2015 arts cuts

 Richard Watts| ArtsHub |  Thursday 21st May 2015 The impact of last week’s shock cuts to the Australia Council is already being felt across the nation. Arts organisations across the country are in shock following the news that the Australian Council’s new six-year funding program has

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[OZ CO] AUSTRALIA COUNCIL OUTLINES 2015-16 BUDGET IMPACT

Media Release | Australia Council for the Arts | Thursday 21st May 2015 The 2015-16 budget measures will have a significant impact and the Australia Council will be working closely with the Ministry for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia to avoid duplication and offer support

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[ACAPTA] May Day! The Abbott Government Slashes Arts Funding

ACAPTA Newsflash | Gail Kelly | Tuesday 19th May 2015 May Day! The Abbott Government Slashes Arts Funding The Federal Arts Minister George Brandis has cut $104.8 million, over the next four years from the Australia Council’s budget, without consultation. These cuts will not only

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[Flying Fruit Fly Circus] NATIONAL TRAINING PROJECT 2015 – trainers announced!

Media Release | Flying Fruit Fly Circus |  Tuesday 12th May 2015 Come and train for two exciting weeks in Albury with Australia’s National Youth Circus this July. Classes will be led by some the best circus trainers in the country, including: LOIC MARQUES – Loic is a

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[Sydney Morning Herald] Sideshow festival brings family-friendly freaks to Ballarat

Andrew Masterson | Sydney Morning Herald |  Friday 8th May 2015 Shep Huntley was a young drama graduate when he first encountered the Jim Rose Circus in 1999. He was at once impressed and disturbed by the Seattle sideshow performer whose very loud, very confronting, nouveau freak show

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ACAPTA E-news – May 2015

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[ArtsHub] Budget delivers on arts promises in Victoria

 Deborah Stone | Arts Hub |  Tuesday 5th May 2015 The Victorian Government delivered on its election promises to redevelop key cultural properties when it announced the first budget of the Andrews Government today. .   The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides more than $200 million to support

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[Fédération Mondiale du Cirque] World Circus Day Celebrated in 42 Countries

 Laura van der Meer | Fédération Mondiale du Cirque |  Thursday 30th April 2015 World Circus Day Celebrated in 42 Countries: Australian Circus Royale Wins Circus Selfie Competition The Sixth World Circus Day was again celebrated with great enthusiasm around the world. A total of 202 circuses, festivals,

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[Lolly Jar Circus] A purple patch for the circus

Judy Bowden | Lolly Jar Circus |  Monday 27th April 2015 Is enjoying a purple patch! Whilst numbers are low, but growing, for our regular weekly classes, we have been very busy with outreach. During the first week of the school holidays we visited the Guide Dogs for the

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[ArtsHub] Performers ‘left out’ of Creative Industry Taskforce – ACAPTA comments

 Richard Watts| ArtsHub |  Friday 24th April 2015 Performing arts representatives in Victoria have expressed dismay that their sector has not been included in a recently-announced strategy to bolster the creative industries. . . The Andrews’ Government’s Creative Industries Taskforce – part of a strategy to increase the

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ACAPTA E-news – April 2015

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[ArtsHub] Circus Oz AD steps down after 17 years

Richard Watts | ArtsHub |  Wednesday 1st April 2015 Mike Finch has announced that he will finish up with the company at the end of June. Circus Oz Artistic Director Mike Finch: photo by Rob Blackburn Having overseen the company’s recent relocation to its purpose-built Collingwood headquarters and the

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[Montclair State University] Motivation to Return to Flying Trapeze After Injury Survey

Leah Bank | Montclair State University |  Wednesday 1st April 2015 Leah Bank is a Masters Student in Montclair State University’s Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education conducting a research study using an online survey about motivation for returning to trapeze after an injury. Bank is

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[Regional Arts NSW] Coraki Public School Takes a Walk on the Wylde Syde

Unknown | Regional Arts NSW |  Thursday 26th March 2015 Mullumbimby based Spaghetti Circus has rounded up circus artists of all ages and sizes from Murwillumbah to Yamba to share the love of circus at the Coraki Public School. From budding beginners to leading local circus professionals, Spaghetti Circus

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[Launch Bubble] Celebrating female artists: Introducing Malia Walsh, theatre & circus artist

Rose Wintergreen | Launch Bubble |  Sunday 15 March 2015 March the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists.

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[The Age] Ethiopian contortionist’s life comes full circle

Carolyn Webb | The Age |  Wednesday 11 March 2015 Sosina Wogayehu, Circus Oz performer from Ethiopia. Photo: Vince Caligiuri Her friend David Carlin calls contortionist Sosina Wogayehu a “can-do kind of woman”, and reading his new biography on the former child asylum seeker and Circus Oz

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[Kill Your Darlings] Fringe Feminism: Women, comedy and performance art

Jane Howard | Kill Your Darlings |  Tuesday 10 March 2015 Adrienne Truscott stands on the small stage talking about her sole previous foray into comedy, Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It, subtitled ‘a one-lady rape about comedy starring her pussy and little else’. Asking For It was about rape jokes,

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[The Guardian] Comedian Tessa Waters: ‘guys are moved by the feminist party we’re having’

Alexandra Spring | The Guardian |  Monday 9 March 2015 She swept the Melbourne fringe awards and was voted top character show at the Edinburgh fringe. Melbourne comedian Tessa Waters’ new show Womanz was inspired by Naomi Wolfe’s book Vagina, and it’s all about the joys of defying

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[Arts Hub] Good for the arts, not so good for artists

Deborah Stone | Arts Hub |  Wednesday 4 March 2015 Audiences are growing, the arts are better appreciated but it’s still tough to be an artist, especially for women, Australia Council reports. Arts Nation 2015 has positive news about audiences, diversity and even – mostly – the creative

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ACAPTA E-news – March 2015

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[Arts Hub] Ten essential shows to see at Adelaide Festival

Richard Watts | Arts Hub |  Wednesday 25 February 2015 From transcendent video art to exquisite dance, here are our picks of this year’s Adelaide Festival of Arts’ program. Bill Viola, Fire Woman, 2005 (detail). Video/sound installation. Performer: Robin Bonaccorsi. Photo: Kira Perov.        Contrary to popular myth,

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[Spaghetti Circus] Transforming lives through the joy of circus: the C3Crew – Coraki Community Circus

Alice Cadwell  | Spaghetti Circus |  Tuesday 24 February 2015 Spaghetti Circus is gathering circus artists of all ages and sizes from Murwillumbah to Yamba to share the love of Circus over February and March at the Coraki Public School.  From budding beginners to peak local circus professionals,

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[The Guardian] Beyond review: This is what feminist circus looks like

Van Badham | The Guardian |  Thursday 19 February 2015 Circa’s Beyond: a daringly feminist show – 5 stars! Circa isn’t the little Australian circus company that could, so much as the company than can, does and will. From its base in Queensland, the company has toured

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[Arts Hub] Double your money from crowdfunding

Deborah Stone | Arts Hub |  Wednesday 18 February 2015 Matched funding programs offer increased incentive to crowdfund your next project. Responding to the growing popularity of crowdfunding and the increased need for private sector support for the arts, government funding is increasingly turned towards supporting artists

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[Arts Hub] Idle Hands: Review

Carol Flavell Neist | Arts Hub |  Tuesday 17 February 2015 In Idle Hands, we meet a quartet of incredibly talented young men, each one superbly gifted in all branches of the acrobat’s art. Idle Hands is the brainchild of multi-skilled Avan Waite, originally a student of

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ACAPTA E-news – February 2015

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[PATA] APACA to Host National Performing Arts Touring Market 2015

Merryn Carter  | PATA |  Tuesday 3 February 2015 PATA is delighted to announce that the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) will host a national face-to-face performing arts touring market in 2015 in place of Long Paddock. The new Performing Arts Exchange will be held as

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[Arts Hub] ‘My art isn’t disabled’

Richard Watts | Arts Hub |  Tuesday 3 February 2015 Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to integrating circus performers with a disability, but that may be about to change. Adelaide-based circus/cabaret performer Lachlan ‘Loki’ Rickus started his career as a dancer

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6th WORLD CIRCUS DAY: SATURDAY 18th APRIL 2015

Pixi Robertson, Oceania Co-ordinator | WORLD CIRCUS DAY 2015   |  Saturday 2nd February, 2015 Join our world-wide community of circus lovers and performers as we celebrate the 6th WORLD CIRCUS DAY on  SATURDAY 18th APRIL 2015 The FÉDÉRATION MONDIALE du CIRCQUE, under the auspices of its Honorary

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[CIRCA] We welcome Rudi as our new Head of Circus

CIRCA | CIRCA website  |  February 2015 Earlier this month Rudi ‘the strong man’ Mineur waved farewell to the Circa stage after a spectacular 2 decades of performing. We’re thrilled to announce that Rudi is continuing at Circa and has taken up the newly created position

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[Flipside Circus] New Leader of Flipside Circus

Kate Malone  | Flipside Circus  |  Wednesday 28th January, 2015 New Leader of Flipside Circus “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to join such a vibrant and exciting youth-arts company like Flipside Circus and look forward to contributing to the company’s continued success.” William

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[NICA] NICA’s Head of Circus Studies, Mr Lu has been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM)

Georgia Mill | NICA |  Tuesday 27 January 2015 NICA’s Head of Circus Studies, Guang Rong Lu, has been honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as announced on Australia Day 2015, for his services to the performing arts as a director, performer and aerial

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ACAPTA E-news – January 2015

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[Artshub] Ten must-see shows at Sydney Festival

Richard Watts  |  Artshub  |  Monday 5th January, 2015 On the eve of the 2015 festival, here are our hot tips as to the shows you absolutely shouldn’t miss in this year’s program. Image: Yana Alana via www.sydneyfestival.org.au First held in 1977, the Sydney Festival has

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[Artshub] Ten intriguing stage shows to see in 2015

Richard Watts  |  Artshub  |  Monday 5th January, 2015 From circus and contemporary dance to theatre and musicals, the New Year promises countless delights for performing arts devotees. Image: Matilda the Musical (US production) via The New York Times Assembling a list of the very best shows to

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[Artshub] Art versus spectacle

Richard Watts  |  Artshub  |  Monday 15th December, 2014 Contemporary circus is positioned between the need to evolve the art form, and the need to entertain: which will dominate? Born in the 1970s, and spearheaded by the likes of Welfare State International and clown Reg Bolton

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[Artshub] Close To The Bone Review

Isabelle Oderberg  |  Artshub  |  Monday 15th December, 2014 Circus Oz travels to the more ‘adult’ side of town with an almost burlesque tone and requisite touches of nudity and flamboyance. Circus Oz travels to the more ‘adult’ side of town, with its new show, Close To

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ACAPTA E-news – December 2014

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2015 ACAPTA membership drive

JOIN ACAPTA before December 31st and be in the running to win some great prizes!   2014 has been a huge year for ACAPTA. We have grown bigger, presenting more and more ACAPTA events across Australia, and for the first time ever we successfully developed in partnership with

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Slipstream Circus Residency Program

Calling Professional Circus Artists! Slipstream Circus is offering 1-4 week residencies to individuals, duo’s, and companies at its circus training facility in Tasmania for training, creative developments, and rehearsals. As ‘The centre of Circus in Tasmania’ Slipstream strives to support and assist in the development

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[ACAPTA] Register of Peers: Australia Council’s 2015 New Grants Scheme

Register as a peer for the Australia Council’s 2015 New Grants Scheme! It is imperative that all contemporary circus artists register as a peer in the Australia Council’s 2015 new grants scheme. If we don’t  have lots of circus artists registered as peers then the

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[DFAT] Celebrating Australian culture in Turkey [including The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Strange Fruit]

From the office of Minister for Foreign Affairs |  DFAT |  Thursday 6 November 2014 ‘Australia in Turkey 2015’, the Australian Government’s biggest cultural festival in Turkey, will be launched at the Istanbul Design Biennale in November. The festival will present Turkish audiences with a contemporary face of Australian

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ACAPTA E-news – November 2014

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[Benton Adams-Walker] Work Experience at Flipside Circus

Benton Adams-Walker | Warehouse Circus, Flipside Circus,  Circa Zoo, Flying Fruit Fly Circus | Friday 24 October 2014 Hello my name is Benton Adams-Walker, I am a circus performer and assistant trainer from Canberra. I train, teach and learn circus at Warehouse Circus. I am 16 years old and

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[The Conversation] Circus training instead of school sports? Now there’s an idea

Gillian Arrighi  |  The Conversation  |  Friday 17 October 2014 What if social policy-makers knew how beneficial circuses were to the community? This was the provocation pitched to circus producers, trainers, performers and academics who met in the Melba Spiegeltent at the Circus Oz precinct in Collingwood

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[AMPAG] Australian Curriculum review changes the goalposts

Unknown  |  AMPAG  |  Tuesday 14 October 2014 The report of the Australian Curriculum review has been released this week. While the report stresses the importance of arts education and the need to support professional development of teachers, it has suggested that only two arts subjects—likely

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[Artshub] Why Melbourne needs a circus festival

Richard Watts  |  Artshub  |  Monday 13 October 2014 A handful of shows in the Melbourne Festival or Fringe is not enough; the art form needs a dedicated festival if it is to grow. This year’s Melbourne Festival attempts the difficult task of representing the range

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ACAPTA E-news – October 2014

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[The Conversation] The big top’s evolution: Cirkopolis by Cirque Eloize

Gillian Arrighi  |  The Conversation  |  Wednesday 8 October 2014 Elegance, elite athleticism, light-handed humour and a gentle narrative about the value of individuality are the principal elements of Cirkopolis, which opens this week at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. I saw this stylish and theatrically sophisticated show

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[HOUSEHOLD WORDS] Licensed To Juggle by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens  |  HOUSEHOLD WORDS |  1853   HOUSEHOLD WORDS A Weekly Journal, conducted by CHARLES DICKENS Volume VII From the 5th of March to the 27th of August Being from No. 154 to No. 179 LONDON: OFFICE, 16, WELLINGTON STREET NORTH 1853   LICENSED TO JUGGLE

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[More Gold Coast] Roll up to the new style of circus

Unknown  |  More Gold Coast  |  Saturday 4 October 2014 Last week the circus came to the Gold Coast but not in the traditional sense, instead the city was graced with an array of physical and artistic performers. Circus is evolving. Modern circus leaves behind the Barnum

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[The Melbourne Review] Melbourne Fringe Top 10

The Melbourne Review  |  The Melbourne Review Website  |  Thursday  2 October 2014 The 32nd Melbourne Fringe Festival is the biggest yet, with over 400 shows to choose from. Running for 19 days: 17 September – 5 October 2014, Melbourne Fringe Festival incorporates dance, comedy, furniture,

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[ABC Goulburn Murray] History repeats for Nanjing-Fruit Fly partnership

Nick Fogarty  |  ABC Goulburn Murray  |  Wednesday 24th September 2014 Australian circus changed forever when a small group of Chinese acrobats arrived in Albury in 1983. Three decades later, the partnership continues. Back in 1983, a group of Chinese acrobats arrived in Albury for a

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[Artshub] 11 intriguing shows to see at Melbourne Fringe

Richard Watts  |  Artshub  |  Tuesday 16 September, 2014 Over 400 shows involving more than 5000 artists feature in this year’s Fringe; choosing what to see doesn’t have to be a chore. Image: Ludwig&Lohengrin. Photo by Jonathan Brower. There are many ways of selecting what shows to see

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ACAPTA E-news – September 2014

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Staying Alive: World first research across the entertainment industry

Entertainment Assist has just launched a research study into “Working in the Australian Entertainment Industry: key factors in longevity and transition”.  The research aims to provide key insights into the reality of working in the entertainment industry and inform the development of tailored support and

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[Artshub] Is it already too late for the Godzilla festivals?

Richard Hull | Artshub | Tuesday 19 August, 2014 With arts festival programs becoming monstrously large, perhaps it’s time to step back and consider the beauty of a smaller scale. Is it already too late for the Godzilla festivals? Sometimes in a Japanese monster movie

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Flying Fruit Fly Circus announce National and Regional Auditions

“Australian circus is some of the best in the world and a fair share of that talent can be traced back to the Flying Fruit Fly Circus…” (Arts Hub 2014) The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is a renowned centre of artistic training and performance excellence

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Australia Council announces it’s new Strategic Plan 2014 to 2019 and the new grants model.

A Culturally Ambitious Nation The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. We deliver more than $200 million in funding for arts organisations and artists across the country. As a statutory authority, our powers and functions are set

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ACAPTA E-news – August 2014

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THE MELBA SPIEGELTENT LAUNCHES IN COLLINGWOOD WITH FINUCANE & SMITH’S GLORY BOX!

This August the 100-year old Melba Spiegeltent is being welcomed to its new home with Circus Oz. Crafted in Belgium, this spiegeltent has gypsied her way across Europe for nearly a century, shuddering to the tremors of Edit Piaf and the laments of Kurt Weil

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NICA Auditions for 2015 entry

Applications due by Monday 15 September 2014 The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is inviting aspiring circus artists to apply for entry into its Bachelor or Diploma of Circus Arts and the Certificate III or IV in Circus Arts for 2015. From 1 October

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Westside Circus Appoints Four New Artistic Associates

The team at Westside Circus just got ‘artier’ with the appointment of four new Artistic Associates. Westside Circus CEO, Simon Clarke, said the appointments signal another phase of renewal for the company and the beginning of a truly exciting time. “The team we have is

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Arts Health Institute are calling for Abstracts for the 2nd National Play Up Convention 2014

The Arts Health Institute’s Play Up Convention is back again exploring Creative Ideas In Ageing on the 24th & 25th of November at Luna Park, Sydney. The Play Up Convention encourages you to be more creative at work. Be inspired by leading speakers and practical

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Flipside Circus launches circus training with Natano Faanana

MEDIA RELEASE Flipside Circus is proud to launch a new, 8 week full time training course for circus artists to develop their artistic practise. Led by Natano Faanana (Briefs, Polytoxic, Casus) the course will include creating a new work, ensuring participants are developing their individual

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[The Guardian] Melbourne festival runs away with the circus in 2014 programme

International circus troupes take centre stage in a festival line-up that aims to surprise, says director Josephine Ridge. Oliver Milman  |  theguardian.com  |  28 July 2014 The flexible delights of circus performance will be the major focus of the 29th Melbourne festival, supported by an

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[Artshub] Circus in the spotlight at Melbourne Festival

Richard Watts  |  Artshub  |  Monday 28 July, 2014 Josephine Ridge’s second Melbourne Festival program reflects the culture and values of the city in which it’s held. ‘We’re creating a festival for Melbourne. This is not a festival that could be in any other city

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[ABC Arts] Melbourne Festival embraces circus art in 2014

Robin Usher  |  ABC Arts  |  Monday, 28 July 2014  Chinese circus performers first came to Melbourne 35 years ago, beginning the transformation of the art form away from the thrills of the sawdust ring to a prominent role in next October’s prestigious Melbourne Festival.

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[ARTSHUB] Youth circus sector launches national manifesto

Richard Watts  |  Artshub  |  Friday 25 July, 2014 The manifesto’s key principles and strategies have grown out of a two-year, sector-wide discussion. Targeted conversations at the last two National Youth Circus Symposia, hosted by Canberra’s Warehouse Circus in 2013 and Adelaide’s Cirkidz in 2014,

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This Side Up acrobatics travel to Uluru for Circus Ninjas Workshop.

This Side Up acrobatics members Christian Schoonerveldt-Reid, David Joseph and Karen Berger had a fantastic week with the Circus Ninjas out at Uluru. TSU where lucky enough to be invited to work with the Circus Ninjas, a great troupe of young indigenous performers who are

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[Artshub] Chinese acrobats join Fruit Flies for Borderville

Richard Watts  |  Artshub  |  Tuesday 22 July, 2014 A celebration of performance and place marks 35 years of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. A rare collaboration between Australia’s national youth circus, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and a group of master Chinese acrobats in

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ACAPTA have just teamed up with Little Birdy Tix to give you a special discount on their membership.

Love getting stuff for FREE?!  Little Birdy Tix have an exclusive FREE TICKETS offer for all 2015 ACAPTA members! What is Little Birdy Tix?  Little Birdy Tix offers free tickets to its members in exchange for a once-a-year membership fee and the guarantee that you

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Youth Circus in Australia: A manifesto for the development of the Australian Youth Circus Sector 2014 – 2020

The Australian Youth Circus Sector, in association with ACAPTA, has launched  “Youth Circus in Australia: A manifesto for the development of the Australian Youth Circus Sector 2014 – 2020“ “ACAPTA has been actively engaged in supporting and promoting the development of the Australian Youth Circus

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City of Gold Coast announces recipient of Creative Development Grant for the Circus and Physical Theatre Sector.

Arts funding reaches new heights MEDIA RELEASE: Aerial artists reached new heights reflecting the City’s record funding for arts and culture. City of Gold Coast is investing nearly $12 million in culture this financial year. Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Bob La Castra

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[Prime7] Kids leap into holiday fun (at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus)

It may be school holidays – but kids from all over the country are in Albury for a different kind of class. More than 50 people are flipping their way through a 2 week intensive training at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.   ORIGINAL SOURCE:

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OzCo CEO promises ‘major transformation’

Richard Watts  | www.artshub.com.au  |  Tuesday 1 July, 2014 The Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski has provided more details about the new five year plan he describes as the biggest change in the Council’s history. The new OzCo model will simplify the grant application process. Image:

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ACAPTA E-news – July 2014

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Brisbane Festival returns this September!

Spring into Queensland during 6 – 27 September for Brisbane Festival! Tickets are now on sale with an exciting program full of circus, music, comedy, theatre, dance, opera and more. Don’t miss out on world and Australian premieres and a fantastic line up of local,

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The Australia Council for the Arts launches its Community Relevance Guide.

The Australia Council for the Arts developed the Community Relevance Guide to support arts organisations to create meaningful connections with communities. Within the Guide there are five stages of Community Relevance. Each stage contains questions to consider followed by practical information for action. Click on

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UK & Ireland Circus Research Network Launched.

Katharine Kavanagh [?] |  thecircusdiaries.com  |  20th June 2014. Part of the circus tradition is the strong sense of community that grows in and around the art. Yesterday saw the launch of an extension to these communities with the founding of a Circus Research Network

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Running away to the studio: What does dance have that circus doesn’t?

Sebastian Kann  |  circusnow.org  |  11th June 2014. Why is contemporary circus so often less dramaturgically rigorous than dance? Dance sometimes seems like Circus’ sophisticated older sister—more confident, fully-formed, less desperate to please. Maybe by closely observing the differences between the circus world and the

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Bunty Armitage Circus Girl

A Circus Novel by Pixi Robertson What is going on? When Bunty Armitage wins the coveted TV role of Louisa Ireland, an early 20th century circus girl touring outback Australia, things just aren’t what they seem to be. What is the mystery of the faded trapeze

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF GASWORKS CIRCUS SHOWDOWN

Gasworks E-News Bulletin  |  4th June 2014 “We are delighted to announce that Trash Test Dummies were crowned Gasworks Circus Showdown Champions on Saturday 31st of May, and the wonderful Feet2Feat took out second place for their piece, The Journey’s End. Our first place prize

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ACAPTA E-news – June 2014

Check out our JUNE E-news here.   Please note; The link for the article relating to the Circus Futures Forum has changed. Details can now be found at http://acapta.org.au/whats-on/circus-futures-forum/

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Congratulations to Emma Serjeant, winner of the Star of Festival award at Brighton Festival.

And the award for Star of Festival at Brighton Festival goes to… Emma Serjeant!! A huge congratulations to Emma on being nominated for two awards for her solo show JERK. Best Female Performer and Best International Act and winning the Star of Festival at Brighton!

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Congratulations LA SOIREE – Winner ‘Best Unique Theatrical Experience’ by the Off Broadway Alliance

ACAPTA would like to congratulate LA SOIRÉE for winning an award for its 2013-2014 New York City season! The Off Broadway Alliance, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off-Broadway during the 2013-14 season, announced the winners of the fourth annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards

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[ARTSHUB] NICA and Flying Fruit Flies join forces to strengthen circus sector

Richard Watts  | www.performing.artshub.com.au  |  Saturday 17 May, 2014 The two national schools have signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to strengthen career pathways for circus students.   A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between Melbourne’s National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and the Wodonga-based

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1000 mates for 10 – ACAPTA Fundraiser

Help us to support the Australian circus and physical theatre community by making a donation. We are asking our mates and their mates to make a tax deductible donation to support our cultural work. We need 1000 Mates to donate $10 (ask anyone and everyone

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[The FLY Wire] Carabineers: The pros & cons and how they fail

Delbert Hall |  The FLY Wire  |  Sunday 18 May 2014 The recent carabineer failure at a Ringling Brothers Circus performance has raised some important questions in the aerial arts community. While I know very little about what caused this particular failure, I want to address some general things

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Project re-BOOT

About Project re-BOOT Project re-BOOT will support the circus to head to regional and remote areas of Australia to provide new opportunities for the young people at risk who live in there. These communities are often isolated, have culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and the

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Circa set to hit the road

MEDIA RELEASE Contemporary circus organisation Circa has today been awarded National Touring Status by the Australia Council for the Arts,greatly enhancing its ability to bring joy and delight to a diverse range of metropolitan and regional communities over the next three years. This announcement makes

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WORLD CIRCUS DAY 2014 – wrap up

Written by Pixi Robertson  |  14th May 2014. Congratulations and sincere thanks to all those companies and individuals who, over and beyond the call of duty, once again leapt whole-heartedly into celebrating World Circus Day on 19th April, 2014. Events were staged in every state

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ACAPTA E-news – MAY 2014

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CIRCUS OZ WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

CIRCUS OZ MEDIA RELEASE   |  6th May 2014 Circus Oz Chair, Wendy McCarthy AO, has announced the appointment of four Directors to the Circus Oz Board: from the wider community Jody Broun from Sydney and Margaret Beattie from Melbourne; and from within Circus Oz, Mel

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Mullum Circus Festival : Through the eyes of Tiger Lil, Willow, Hamish & John McCormick

Hamish McCormick  | carnivalchronicles.tv  |  2nd May 2014 Last year one of Australia’s premier youth circus’s Spaghetti Circus turned  21 and to celebrate they hosted the Mullum Circus Festival in Mullumbimby, Northern NSW. Like the 2 other major Australian circus festivals – The Western Australian Circus

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[Sideshow Circus Magazine] The Deconstructing Circus Project

 John Ellingsworth |  www.sideshow-circusmagazine.com “It’s difficult for a circus artist to see a lot of work. If you’re a writer, then a big part of the way you learn to write is by reading. If you’re a composer, you listen to music. Visual artists go

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[Border Morning Mail] Fruit Flies use ‘Control, Alt, Delete’ to inspire the nation’s kids

Chloe Booker | www.bordermail.com.au  |  2nd May 2014 The Flying Fruit Fly Circus has taken to the road on a mission to inspire the nation’s children to be themselves. Its show Control Alt Delete explores the theme of control — when do young people feel

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Vulcana Women’s Circus – EOIs for Small Change 2014

CALLS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Vulcana Women’s Circus is offering an exciting opportunity for women to participate in creating a new piece of circus theatre Small Change. This is an opportunity to turn your circus skills into performance with the help of highly experienced theatre

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Empowering a Deaf artist within circus communities of practice

Racheal Missingham  |www.arts.qld.gov.au  | 2nd May 2014 Circus artist Racheal Missingham discusses the value of inclusivity in arts and cultural practice….. From an early age, instructors’ perceptions that people like myself cannot succeed in the arts industry meant that my dreams were stolen. Fast forward

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Congratulations to CASUS, winner of the 2014 Green Room Awards – Alternative and Hybrid Performance – Innovation In Circus

A huge Congratulations must go to Casus for being awarded the 2014 Green Room award for innovation in circus! The Green Room’s have implemented a new system for inviting the relevant panel to see your work and this new system effects all circus artists who

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[Puppetring] Movement and forms between puppetry and circus

Cesc Martínez  | www.puppetring.com  |  April 25th, 2014 Puppetry and circus have more in common than we think. It’s about movement and signification —the way both scenic disciplines find their true expression. Of course, there are many differences: while the puppeteer animates objects, the acrobat, the

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MEDIA RELEASE: Westside Circus – going back to school

Media Release: Westside Circus: going back to school Westside Circus is excitedly preparing for their Extended Schools Residency program, Belonging, which will run over Terms 2 and 3 at Truganina South Primary School. Funded through the Extended School Residencies program, which is supported by the

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World Circus Day ~ What did you do?

Here is a little glimpse of the fun things that happened around Australia on World Circus Day… WESTSIDE CIRCUS:   RUCCIS:   SLIPSTREAM CIRCUS: On Saturday 12th of April, Slipstream Circus celebrated World Circus Day a week early, at the ANZAC Park in Ulverstone, Tasmania.

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ANNOUNCING THE CIRCUS OZ ENSEMBLE

In the lead up to the fifth World Circus Day, Circus Oz are excited to announce the 2014 Circus Oz ensemble members: Ania Reynolds, April Dawson, Ben Hendry, Candy Bowers, Dale Woodbridge-Brown, Derek Llewellin, Kyle Raftery, Lilikoi Kaos, Matt Wilson, Nathan Kell, Olivia Porter, and

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[Australia Council] About Artistic Vibrancy

Every arts organisation is unique. Artistic Vibrancy is a term that seeks to capture the different dimensions of artistic success and achievement that all arts organisations can strive for, regardless of their size, purpose, way of working or artistic outcomes. The Artistic Vibrancy Framework provides

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Expressions of Interest for The Melba Spiegeltent at Circus Oz during Melbourne Fringe Festival

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

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ACAPTA E-news – APRIL 2014

Check out our April E-news here.

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‘Monsieur Gaulier Takes a Class’ By Ailsa Wild

Edited extract, originally published in Meanjin Current Edition, Volume 73, Number 1, 2014. http://meanjin.com.au/editions Monsieur Philippe Gaulier is a little bit hunched and a little bit grizzled. He wears a floppy hat over big white hair and an offensively bright tie. His nose tells the

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‘How circus training can enhance the well-being of autistic children and their families’ by Kristy Seymour

BIOGRAPHY: Kristy is known for her extensive work in the Youth Circus sector, leading a team of inspiring artists as the Head Trainer and then Artistic Director of Flipside Circus in Brisbane for several years. Working as a creative producer and choreographer during her time

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Demystifying failure, with circus: Sven Hopla at TEDxBristol

“Sven Hopla is a versatile aerialist and solid acrobatic base who couples his high physicality with his acting studies, received at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, to bring a theatrical quality to his work and strong connection with his audiences. At home performing

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NSW Arts & Cultural Development Program

Source: Regional Arts NSW 31.03.2014 A new arts and cultural development program will be introduced in 2015 to replace the Arts Funding Program, Minister for the Arts, George Souris, has announced. Mr Souris said the new Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) will deliver quality arts

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[ArtsHub] Collingwood homecoming shifts circus focus

Richard Watts  | www.artshub.com.au  |  Monday 31 March, 2014 The opening of Circus Oz’s new headquarters in Melbourne will have a flow-on effect to the entire circus sector. After spending the past 20 years in the increasingly cramped Naval Drill Hall in Port Melbourne, Circus

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[The Guardian] How social enterprise circuses are impacting on disadvantaged youths

Rich McEachran  |  The Guardian  |  Friday 21 March 2014 Social enterprises across the world are using circus tricks and tips to help disadvantaged youths, educate communities and improve the areas in which they exist Teachers often tell students to stop ‘clowning around’ but many

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Spaghetti Circus announces new Creative Director – Simone O’Brien

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Spaghetti Circus March 2014 Newsletter Simone O’Brien is a freelance performance maker, writer, teacher and director of circus and physical theatre. From 2006 – 2012, Simone enjoyed the role of the Artistic Associate with Legs On The Wall physical theatre company where she

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Flying Fruit Fly Circus announces National Training Project

CLOSING DATE FOR REGISTRATIONS: Friday 30 May 2014 A two-week intensive course for young people and adults. The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is Australia’s national youth circus and at the leading edge of contemporary circus arts. It is delighted to once again offer the highest

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CIRCUS OZ BIG TOP SEASON IN MELBOURNE – But Wait…There’s More

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

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[Gold Coast Eye] COAST LIFE IS A CIRCUS ACT

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

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Spaghetti Circus are seeking new Board Members

Over the last 21 years, Mullumbimby’s own home-grown circus school and performance troupe, Spaghetti Circus, has not only become an integral part of the local culture, but has also made significant contributions to the circus community at large. The 2013 Mullumbimby Circus Festival was a

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CIRCUS OZ HOUSEWARMING

Circus Oz Media Release An open house day at the new purpose-built creative hub in Collingwood After 10 years of dreaming, hoping and planning, Circus Oz has moved to a fabulous new home on part of the former Collingwood TAFE site, purpose-built for Circus Oz

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ACAPTA E-news – MARCH 2014

Check out our March E-news here.

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THE SOCIAL CIRCUS MAP BY CIRQUE DU MONDE

The Social Circus Map uses an online map to plot and index organizations offering social circus workshops. It is the result of efforts made over the last few years by Cirque du Monde— the social circus program of Cirque du Soleil—to compile a record of

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Flipside Circus announce The Flipside Circus Reg Bolton Artist in Residency Program

Following from Richard Watt’s Space Shortage article on ArtsHub in Nov ’13, and after lengthy conversations with performers about lack of training facilities around Australia, Flipside Circus extends a warm invitation nationally to hear from independent circus companies, individual performers as well as other art

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[ARTSHUB] Youth circus sector swings in to Adelaide

Richard Watts  |  Artshub  |  Wednesday 26 February, 2014 The South Australian Circus Centre will next week welcome youth circus delegates from across the country. Hosted by South Australian organisation Cirkidz, the 2014 National Youth Circus Symposium will see representatives from around the country converge

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Corrugated Iron celebrates its 30th birthday!

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts breaks into celebration this year marking three decades of providing innovative and challenging performing arts experiences that express the diversity of young people living in the Northern Territory. The company started out as a youth theatre company in 1984 running workshops

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[ArtsHub] $10,000 fund for Gold Coast circus artists.

Richard Watts  | www.performing.artshub.com.au  |  Tuesday 25 February, 2014 The creative development fund is the latest initiative from the City of Gold Coast in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The City of Gold Coast and the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association (ACAPTA)

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Check out the Circus during White Night Melbourne

Tub Tub Does Tricks [Malia Walsh] Delivered with a zest for the melodramatic and high-energy choreography, Tub Tub does Tricks is a one-off circus spectacular designed exclusively for White Night Melbourne. Three incredible artists will set aside the meat pies for just a moment to

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[ABC] Clowns bringing comic relief to disaster zones in Asia-Pacific

www.abc.net.au  |  20th February 2014 Clowns without Borders VIDEO A new Australian group is heading out to disaster zones and disadvantaged areas across the Asia-Pacific region to help children. So far the group has been to refugee camps in Myanmar, parts of the Philippines ravaged

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Registrations are now open for the 2014 Gasworks Circus Showdown

Gasworks Arts Park is thrilled to reveal that their live on-stage circus and physical theatre season Gasworks Circus Showdown will be returning to Gasworks in May 2014, and registrations for participants are now open! Gasworks Circus Showdown offers a platform for circus professionals from across

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Introducing our new ACAPTA LIST OF MEMBERS page.

If you’ve recently joined or renewed your membership, you may have noticed a new little checkbox in the registration process confirming [or not] your permission for us to list your name in our brand new LIST OF MEMBERS page in the Members’ Only section of

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City of Gold Coast and ACAPTA announce the 2014 Circus / Physical Theatre Creative Development Grant

City of Gold Coast and ACAPTA are excited to announce a Creative Development Grant for the Circus and Physical Theatre Sector. The City of Gold Coast’s Culture Strategy 2023 outlines our vision for arts and culture over the next ten years. We value our artists

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ACAPTA E-news – February 2014

Check out our February E-news here.

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Flying Fruit Fly Circus announces the National Training Project 2014

Announcing the National Training Project 2014 Monday 30th June to Friday 11th July “Awesome” “Money amazingly well spent” “Amazing – the foam pit & lunges were especially useful” “Fantastic two weeks – thanks” ” Everyone was so lovely, encouraging me to do things I would

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Media Release: AUSTRALIANS SHAKE UP LAS VEGAS AT GALA OPENING OF VEGAS NOCTURNE BY SPIEGELWORLD

Tuesday 21 January 2014 The most innovative and talked-about new live entertainment concept to be seen in Las Vegas in years had its gala opening on Saturday 18 January. And the production company behind it is all-Australian. Ross Mollison’s Spiegelworld is operating the new social

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Flipside Circus is seeking expressions of interest to run a Holistic Circus Therapy course in Brisbane in April 2014.

Flipside Circus are seeking expressions of interest to run a Holistic Circus Therapy course in Brisbane with renowned Occupational Therapist Jill Maglio [USA] to facilitate a 2 day course. Jill Maglio is the founder of Holistic Circus Therapy, a registered and accredited private practice that

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Die Roten Punkte Movie listed as a Staff Fave on JuntoBox Films

Hey Rock Bangers! We’ve heard some exciting news from our [second best] friends! The Die Roten Punkte movie has been picked as a Staff Fave at Junto Box Films. “Die Roten Punkte Movie is a hilarious mockumentary, and although it’s a familiar story, its voice

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[ARTSHUB] Briefs reject ‘gay pics’ slur in pre-selection scandal

Richard Watts  |  Artshub.com  |  Monday 3 February, 2014 The Brisbane-based circus-burlesque troupe has demanded an apology from failed SA Liberal candidate Peter Maddern. Failed South Australian Liberal Party candidate Peter Maddern has claimed in court documents that two photographs of Briefs member Mark ‘Captain

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Simon Clarke announced as new Chief Executive Officer

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 The Board of Westside Circus is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Clarke as Chief Executive Officer. Westside Board Chair, Professor Peter Matthews said, “The Board is excited to appoint Simon as CEO and we are confident that he will

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ACAPTA Announces 3 New Membership Initiatives

 CLICK HERE TO JOIN ACAPTA. While we may have ‘officially’ been on holidays for the last few weeks, we’ve actually been pretty busy working on some new Professional Development opportunities for our members which we think you’ll agree are pretty awesome! THE INDIES [A Development

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[QUEST NEWSPAPER] Vulcana Women’s Circus at New Farm Powerhouse meets funding target of $50,000

Bill Johnston | Quest Newspapers | January 17, 2014 Vulcana Women’s Circus will be able to deliver projects for 2014 after a groundswell of community support and a state government funding deal. Source: News Limited After two months of intensive bake sales, cabaret performances, donations

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THE GUARDIAN: Scaling new heights: Australia’s circus love affair shows no sign of waning

Van Badham  |  theguardian.com  |  Thursday 16 January 2014 Australian audiences’ appetite for circus seems insatiable – festival programmes are filled with sell-out shows. So what explains its increasing popularity and appeal? Flicking through bumper festival programs, there’s a trend that currently seems unstoppable: the

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Running away (to WA) to join the circus [ARTSHUB]

Written by Richard Watts | Artshub | 14th January 2014 The dynamic nature of the Australian circus sector is celebrated at this dynamic festival in the Margaret River region. First held in 2007, the Western Australian Circus Festival unites Australia’s diverse circus sector, bringing together

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Cirque Sur Roues (Circus on Wheels) Free All Abilities Circus Teacher Training

Calling all, art therapists, disability support workers, circus artists and trainers. Cirque Sur Roues (Circus on Wheels) will be running a free training program for its all abilities circus. This 2 day free workshop aims at developing your skills, broadening awareness around disability and how

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ACAPTA E-news – JANUARY 2014

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Ring masters: Sydney’s summer circus bonanza [Sydney Morning Herald]

Elissa Blake – Sydney Morning Herald – 3rd January 2014 From the silly to the sexy, circuses are taking over this summer. Two decades ago, it looked likely the rise of computer-based entertainment would kill off the circus. How could the traditional thrills and spills

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[ArtsHub] Sneak previewing Circus Oz’s new home

Richard Watts  |  Artshub.com.au  |  Monday 6 January, 2014 The internationally renowned circus company is inviting the public to tour their new, purpose-built home: ArtsHub peeks. Circus Oz has waited a long time for a purpose-built home, one that meets the very particular needs of

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[ARTSHUB] Green Room Awards seek new sponsors

ACAPTA will be sponsoring the Green Room – Innovation In The Circus Arts award. Richard Watts | ArtsHub Melbourne’s professional performing arts awards body has launched a campaign intended to broaden its sponsorship base. Founded in 1982 by opera director and vocal coach Blair Edgar

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ACAPTA E-news – DECEMBER 2013

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Empower women through circus [Vulcana Circus Fundraiser]

1000 Women Strong – Vulcana Women’s Circus needs your help to survive. Vulcana has lost core funding for 2014, as a part of a State Government program to cut 12.4 million dollars of funding from the arts in Queensland. This is devastating for the 30

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Warehouse Circus Annual General Meeting and Re-Election of the Warehouse Circus Board.

Annual General Meeting and Re-Election of the Warehouse Circus Board   Warehouse Circus urge you to participate in the AGM which will be held just before the End of Year Show in Kaleen at 6pm on Thursday 12th December. If you would like to nominate

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Congratulations Circus Oz on winning Australia’s Best Arts and Business Partnerships – Creative Partnerships Philanthropy Program Award

Australia’s Best Arts and Business Partnerships Announced at the Creative Partnerships Australia National Awards Australia’s best business and arts partnerships were announced at Parliament House Canberra last night at the Creative Partnerships Australia National Awards. The Creative Partnerships Australia Awards recognise outstanding collaborations between the

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We encourage our members to support the Youth Arts Qld campaign.

We at ACAPTA would like to encourage our members to support the Youth Arts Qld campaign. Many critical and important youth arts companies including our very own Vulcana lost their core funding recently in the Arts Qld funding shake-up. We do not believe this is

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Touring Victoria grants supporting regional arts tours

Congratulations to Circus Oz and ThisSideUp Acrobatics! Touring arts scheme to benefit regional and outer metro areas Actors, orchestras, visual artists to hit the road Works showcased for new audiences Eleven arts tours by some of Victoria’s most exciting artists will hit the road in

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Wow, what a year and its not even over …

                  ACAPTA have had a very big year and are very proud to have been able to deliver the following initiatives and projects in 2013: Produced the enormously successful, Inaugural Circus Sector Sesh in Melbourne. Undertook a

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Huge Congratulations to Gravity and Other Myths!

Aurora Nova   |  22nd November 2013 E-Newsletter A group of young Australian acrobats went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year and caused a quiet sensation. Gravity and Other Myths had never performed outside Australia before, but within days of the first performance of

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Hanging by a silk thread

 Bill Johnston  |  14 Nov 2013  |  City North News FUNDING CUT A CRUEL BLOW THE long-running Vulcana Women’s Circus needs help to keep it in the red after vital funding was pulled by the State Government. Find out how you can help keep the

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Theatre Kimberley seek EOI’s for 2014 Youth Visual Theatre Festival

Attention School Principals and Performing arts teachers, The Theatre Kimberley Outreach programme is seeking expressions of interest for 2014 and the amazing Youth Visual Theatre Festival, to which their partners and friends are invited to participate in. This event will form a large part of their

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World Theatre Festival 2014 program launched

Natalie Bochenski | 21st November 2013  |  Brisbane Times The 2014 World Theatre Festival will have one foot in New Farm and one foot in New York, according to the artistic director of the Brisbane Powerhouse. “When we do WTF what we’re doing for a

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Circa To Host Performing Arts Touring in Queensland

Award-winning company Circa will manage touring services for performing arts in Queensland for three years from January 2014. Arts Minister Ian Walker said Circa will take over the management of arTour, the state’s peak tour coordination body that provides touring services nationally and state wide.

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Westside Circus launch three new children’s story books.

MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Literacy and Circus unite for education, fun and relationship building Westside Circus invites media, funders & partners to attend book launch Westside Circus is to launch three new children’s story books made with the art and design of three

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Space shortage cramping Australia’s circus style [ArtsHub]

Written By Richard Watts  |  ArtsHub  |  Thursday 14 November, 2013 Independent circus artists are being forced to create small-scale works as a result of rehearsing in their lounge rooms and bedrooms. At this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Australian circus companies such as Casus, Briefs,

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Circus gets serious [ARTSHUB]

Written By Richard Watts  |  ArtsHub  |  Monday 11 November, 2013 The Victorian circus sector presented a united front on Friday at the first of a series of national meetings organised by ACAPTA. Victoria’s circus artists and organisations dispelled any rumours that their sector was

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ACAPTA E-news – NOVEMBER 2013

Check out our November E-news here.

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ACAPTA receives Cultural Leadership Funding for 2014!

ACAPTA is very pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing Australia Council support for a Cultural Leadership program for 2014. This support, along with the recently announced Organisations Investment Program funding from Arts Victoria means that ACAPTA is in a really strong

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[Active For Life] Running away with the circus school

Christian Hrab  |  www.activeforlife.com  |  4th November 2013  | Canada As director of research and teacher training programs at the National Circus School (NCS) in Montreal, Patrice Aubertin’s main interest is movement with a purpose. It just so happens that the movements he and his

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Vulcana loses core funding for 2014

MEDIA RELEASE:  1 November 2013 Vulcana Women’s Circus has lost funding in the latest round of funding allocations for arts companies in Queensland. “We are shocked at the news,” said the arts company’s General Manager Kitty Carra today. “We employ over twenty female trainers and

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Flying Fruit Fly Circus annouces Borderville. Vaudeville on the Border.

Media Release 29/10/13 CALLING FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST! “A festival of theatrical varieties for your amusement, amazement and entertainment.” The Flying Fruit Fly Circus was founded in 1979, the International Year of the Child, and has been integral to the development of contemporary circus in

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Congratulations to Jens Altheimer on being selected for Country Arts WA 2014 Shows on the Go Tour.

Congratulations to Jens Altheimer on being selected for Country Arts WA 2014 Shows on the Go Tour with his 2013 Adelaide Fringe Award winning  [Best Presentation for Children] – Squaring the Wheel. A family show inhabited by quirky contraptions: Squaring the Wheel brings together circus

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2013 Melbourne Fringe Awards

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of this years Melbourne Fringe Awards. We’d like to pay particular attention to Morgan Wilson [We Should Quit], winner of the ACAPTA Best Emerging Circus Performer and Morgan and Tom McDonald for winning Best Circus for We

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Flying Fruit Fly Circus raises the bar.

www.weeklytimesnow.com.au By SARAH HUDSON- October 23, 2013 THE famed Flying Fruit Fly Circus can open doors, writes SARAH HUDSON   It’s a visual treat to enter the Flying Fruit Fly Circus building in Albury.  Behind a giant glass wall, next to reception, is a buzz

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BAREFEET – RUNNING ON A SHOESTRING

A huge, golden paper-­‐maché lion glistens in the afternoon sun as it looks over a dusty, hot yard in the backstreets of Lusaka, capital of Zambia. Under the shade of a nearby mango tree a group of street kids rehearse the story of Zambia’s independence

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Lolly Jar Circus Launched.

On Wednesday 16th October Lolly Jar Circus commenced operation in Adelaide. Our aim is to provide circus classes for young people up to age 26, integrating those who are able bodied and open minded with those who have physical or intellectual disabilities or are socially

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[ArtsHub] Circus sector to meet in Melbourne

Richard Watts  |  www.artshub.com.au  |  Tuesday 22 October, 2013 ACAPTA is holding the first in a series of national sector meetings in Melbourne with follow-up events in other cities next year. The Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association (ACAPTA) is holding a series of industry

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Where are the strong women of circus? [ArtsHub]

Richard Watts, www.performing.artshub.com.au , Monday 21 October, 2013 As circus goes mainstream, women are being treated as decoration not skilled performers. A new women’s program at Circus Oz aims to counter this worrying trend. On Thursday in Melbourne, Circus Oz launches its inaugural Strong Women

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SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY CIRCUS NEWS

ANDREA OUSLEY  |  NICA News  |  21st October 2013 Rowan Thomas, Ella Horner and I have just returned from a Social Circus Project in Darwin, funded by Cirque du Soleil. We worked with Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre. We facilitated workshops with the trainers, staff and

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Adelaide Fringe Director, Greg Clarke talks about our members at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Greg Clarke, www.adelaidefringe.com.au Postcards From Edinburgh Adelaide Fringe Director, Greg Clarke, visited the Edinburgh Fringe last month! Check out Greg’s highlights of the trip below and catch up on how some of our Adelaide Fringe artists are doing over in the UK! With less than

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Kate Denborough, co-Creative Director of KAGE, named one of the 100 Women of Influence.

Congratulations to Kate Denborough, co-Creative Director of KAGE, who was named one of the 100 Women of Influence [Social Enterprise] in the second annual The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence awards, which highlight the depth of female leadership talent in

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Circus Oz received the 2013 Governor of Victoria Export Award – Creative Industries.

This week Circus Oz received the 2013 Governor of Victoria Export Award – Creative Industries, presented at Government House Victoria by the Governor, the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC and the Honourable Louise Asher MP. This award reflects Circus Oz’s ongoing international presence and its

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FLYING FRUIT FLY CIRCUS GOES BUSH!

THE BARUNGA FESTIVAL CIRCUS PROJECT 2014 Flying Fruit Fly & Skinnyfish sounds like a slightly unusual Masterchef challenge, but is, in fact, an exciting new partnership between Albury/Wodonga’s Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Skinnyfish Music from the NT who will work together to deliver a

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Circus Oz is LOOKING FOR Australian PERFORMERS for their new show.

A full-time contract based in Melbourne starting late March 2014, ending in Jan 2016, premiering in Melbourne, followed by Australian and International touring. We are looking for excellent Australian independant circus performers, (acrobats, clowns, jugglers, aerialists, comedians, cabaret performers, vaudevillians and sideshow artists) at the

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ACAPTA E-news – October 2013

Check out our October E-news here.

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Circa to host performing arts touring in Queensland

Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts The Honourable Ian Walker Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Circa to host performing arts touring in Queensland Award-winning company Circa will manage touring services for performing arts in Queensland for three years from January 2014. Arts Minister

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BIG NIGHT OUT Silent Auction

As part of our Fundraiser, we’re holding a silent auction to help raise funds for ACAPTA. Items will be continually added on a regular basis leading up to the 26th of September. If you’re unable to attend the fundraiser but still want to contribute, this

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CASUS ARE BRINGING HOME THE BACON

Casus have just come to the end of their phenomenally successful and epic tour, having wowed audience across the globe. After a season in beautiful and tropical New Caledonia, Casus kicked off their first big tour in a slightly cooler Brighton (UK) where Knee Deep won 2

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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS FLYING FRUIT FLY CIRCUS IN CIRCUS UNDER MY BED

MEDIA RELEASE – 24 September 2013 SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS FLYING FRUIT FLY CIRCUS IN CIRCUS UNDER MY BED   “An essential national treasure, determined to delight.It’s hard to find more bang foryour buck!” Sydney Morning Herald Youthful energy and the magic of circus combine

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Investing in Victoria’s dynamic arts organisations. [Organisations Investment Program]

Congratulations to all of the successful Circus and Physical Theatre companies who received multi-year funding in Arts Victoria’s recently announced Organisations Investment Program [OIP]. For a full list of recipients, head to the Arts Victoria website. Developing (A) Organisations Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association,

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Monday Musings with Skye Gellmann [Theatrealive]

www.theatrealive.com.au/News/Monday_Musings_with_Skye_Gellmann,   23rd September 2013 Skye Gellmann is an Australian artist who is known for his unique vision of circus. Pushing the boundaries of what defines the artform and engaging audiences through alternative senses, his latest work Blindscape has toured nationally and now hits Melbourne for

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The Flying Fruit Fly Circus take on Australia’s Got Talent

28th August: Australia’s National Youth Circus is set to show the country what they do and share their passion for circus with a whole new audience. Braving the judges comments, the Fruities have created an original two minute act for the show. ‘The Laws of

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Westside Circus launch new performance troupe – The Westside Circus Troupe

Westside Circus is very excited to present our new performance ensemble – The Westside Circus Troupe, featuring the talents of workshop participants, trainers, emerging artists and other professionals associated with the company. Their debut show Travelling Light is a versatile performance that combines strong ensemble

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ACAPTA E-news – September 2013

Check out our September E-news here.

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Westside Circus launches their new holiday program!

Westside Circus is excited to launch its’ new and improved holiday program. The program now includes ‘Make It’ Workshops in which kids age 3 to 12 years can learn to make their own circus equipment including juggling balls, hula hoops and poi, as well as

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The Way of the Showman: The life and times of Captain Frodo

Check out Carnival Cinema’s new online series, The Way of the Showman. Made by 2 friends over 10 years and shot all over the world ‘The Way Of The Showman’ is an intimate and entertaining series taking you behind the scenes and into the life

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Join the POW (Performing Older Women’s) Circus

POW Circus is a small community circus for women aged 50 and over and they’re looking for new members in their Acrobalance class. Robyn Peck first joined POW (Performing Older Women’s) Circus in 1995. She thought the idea of a circus for older women was

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Congratulations to all of our Members who wowed them at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

We want to say a huge congratulations to all of our members who killed them at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last month! While the Dandyman entertained them on the streets [and online], Casus, Gravity and Other Myths, Die Roten Punkte, Briefs, 3 is a Crowd

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Die Roten Punkte are making a Movie and need your help!

Rock ‘n’ Roll comedy movie – get involved! Some film makers are making a feature length movie starring Berlin’s prince and princess of indie rock and Europop, Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots). Building on Otto & Astrid’s multi award winning live shows, this film

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AUDITIONS: Flying Fruit Fly Circus Auditions.

19/08/13 AUDITIONS 2013: THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MORE EXCITING TIME TO JOIN AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL YOUTH CIRCUS Have you ever dreamt of running away to the circus? If you live in Albury-Wodonga, or the around the region, you don’t have to run very far. Australia’s

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Flying Fruit Fly Circus appoints new Artistic Director

28/08/13 AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL YOUTH CIRCUS APPOINTS NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is delighted to announce the appointment of Jodie Farrugia as new Artistic Director. Jodie will join the circus, famous for training ordinary kids to do extraordinary things, to lead its artistic

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ACAPTA Call Out for performers … we need your generosity, talents and support.

ACAPTA is holding our annual fundraiser in Melbourne on Thursday 26th September and we are looking for performers who would like to strut their stuff… We have rigging [Truss Height: 4.5m] so Aerial Ring and lower aerials are all welcome  and if you are part

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ACAPTA’s Remuneration and Other Benefits Surveys.

Welcome to ACAPTA’s Remuneration and Other Benefits Surveys. Our aim is to capture a snapshot of the Circus Arts and Physical Theatre Industry’s current remuneration position. We hope to use these results as a way of benchmarking and encouraging improved remuneration across the sector. In

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Gasworks Immense Fringe Festival Line Up Revealed

MEDIA RELEASE:  Wednesday, 6 August 2013, 2:00pm AEST – For Immediate Release   Gasworks Arts Park is excited to unveil their huge program of Fringe Festival productions during Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013. Throughout the three action packed weeks of Fringe, Gasworks will transform into a

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World-class performers direct from Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Mullumbimby Circus Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 12 August 2013 WORLD-CLASS PERFORMERS DIRECT FROM EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL TO MULLUMBIMBY CIRCUS FESTIVAL The Mullumbimby Circus Festival is thrilled to host an array of world-class, international, national and local performers including those direct from the spectacular Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

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Clowning Glory

By Lucy Ribchester Published 22 July 2013.  www.festmag.co.uk With aerial choreography in theatres, clowns exploring autism and jugglers inspired by Sir Isaac Newton, will 2013 be the year that circus gets serious? Lucy Ribchester finds out. There isn’t a dedicated circus section in the Fringe

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ACAPTA E-news – August 2013

Check out our August E-news here.

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MELBOURNE FESTIVAL INTRODUCES CIRCUS PROGRAM

Although it has not been formally announced, word is spreading throughout the Australian circus industry that in 2014 the Melbourne Festival is planning a major focus on contemporary circus. It is expected that the first week of the festival, from October 10th 2014, will feature

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AUDITIONS: NICA are holding auditions for Certificate III in Circus Arts and Certificate IV in Circus Arts.

Applications close on 25 October. Apply for NICA’s one year accredited and nationally recognised courses: Certificate III in Circus Arts or Certificate IV in Circus Arts. Your circus future starts here. From Cirque du Soleil to King Kong The Musical, if you see an Australian

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The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie  |  www.smithsonianmag.com  |  August 1, 2013 You aren’t alone in your fear of makeup-clad entertainers; people have been frightened by clowns for centuries here’s a word— albeit one not recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary or any psychology manual— for the excessive

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Government funding for Queensland youth circus special school program

Arts Queensland has given $18,000 to Flipside Circus to tailor a six-month program for students at Red Hill Special School. A circus workshop series for children with disabilities was one of the Artist in Residence projects to be funded by the Queensland Government through Arts

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$12.9 million funding agreement to secure NICA’s long term future

MEDIA RELEASE The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) has secured an historic $12.9 million funding agreement from the Australian Government’s Office for the Arts. The new four-year funding agreement locks in Commonwealth support for NICA through to 30 June 2017. The Program Manager of

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Auditions: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme – COMMONWEALTH YOUTH CIRCUS

Are you a young circus artist, dancer, traceur, tricker, gymnast, acrobat or physical performer looking for a challenge?  Do you want to take your skills to the next level and perform as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme? The Commonwealth Youth Circus is a

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Auditions: National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) are holding auditions for their Bachelor of Circus Arts.

Applications close on Monday 9 September 2013. The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is inviting aspiring circus artists to submit their applications for entry into the 2014 Bachelor of Circus Arts course, with the opportunity to join the ranks of the acclaimed alumni who

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ACAPTA members receive Arts Victoria funding.

Congratulations to our members and friends who received Arts Victoria funding recently. Kage Physical Theatre Association Inc ABBOTSFORD $17,500 For the development and presentation of a new contemporary circus work Westside Circus Inc BRUNSWICK $18,500 Creative development of a new performance that explores cultural identity,

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Congratulations to CIRCA for winning 2 Helpmann Awards!

ACAPTA would like to send a big warm Congratulations to C!RCA for winning; Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production for thier show ‘S’ presented by Circa and Brisbane Festival. Best Regional Touring Production for thier tour of CIRCA, presented by Circa, toured by Performing Lines

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Safety and Amenity while Busking, a timely reminder from the City of Melbourne.

“There was a serious complaint from a vision impaired person who had trouble crossing the street as sound levels from busking prevented them from hearing the traffic signal. Traffic Signals and also tactiles on traffic light poles and on the footpath help vision impaired people

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Old and new circus traditions combine to support QLD youth

Developing circus artist Matthew Bishop with fellow Flipside workshop participants Katie Lavidis, Paige Gilbert and Kameli Downs. Flipside Circus and Lockyer Valley Circus Arts are making children’s dreams of running away with the circus a reality. An on-going partnership between the Brisbane-based Flipside, Queensland’s premier

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ACAPTA E-news – July 2013

Check out our July E-news here.

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NICA update…

‘Last week Swinburne University of Technology issued the following statement. “from 1 July 2013, Swinburne will directly manage NICA after it was recognised both by Swinburne and NICA that NICA was not yet in a position to become independent.” What then followed were a number

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Circus Makes a Difference

Press Release – Circus Makes a Difference. Westside Circus is taking enrolments for the Winter Holiday Program and Term 3 classes. The Brunswick-based not-for-profit group has been making a real difference to the lives of young people through its circus workshops. The classes use the

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NICA directors ‘shocked’ as independence plan scuppered

By Richard Watts | Wednesday June 26 2013 Swinburne University has abruptly abandoned discussions over independence for the National Institute of Circus Arts. to the surprise of many in the circus community. Plans for the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) to become an independent

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ACAPTA E-news – June 2013

Check out our June E-news here.

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Help our circus and physical theatre community by making a donation to the Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association.

It’s that time of the year, when we ask our friends and colleagues to consider making a tax deductable donation so that we can continue to support the on-going development of the Australian contemporary circus & physical theatre sector. WHO ARE WE? Since 1999, when

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A Big Weekend for Youth Circus Australia Wide – National Youth Circus Symposium

ACAPTA’s 2013 National Youth Circus Symposium was co-presented by the Canberra’s dynamic Warehouse Circus crew on the weekend of 25th & 26th of May 2013. NYCS13 was an exciting, challenging and fun opportunity to make a difference and to determine the future for this vibrant,

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“Circus: second class artform?” by Antonella Casella

Circus Oz Artistic Associate, Antonella Casella, has an article in the latest issue of RealTime, in which she hopes to challenge the broader theatre/dance/performing arts sector to think a bit differently about circus, and to embrace it’s unique potential. You can pick up RealTime free

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Vulcana’s Quirky AGM

Vulcana Women’s Circus recently had a combined AGM and ‘Space Warming’ of its training and performance studio at The Brisbane Powerhouse. Vulcana now manages the hire of the studio and welcomes artists, dancers and performers to use the circus hub for creative development! It was

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Women’s Circus receive one of five new VicHealth program funds to get people moving.

VicHealth announces five new arts programs to get people moving. Five arts and cultural organisations are set to get thousands of Victorians physically active through participating in arts activities. VicHealth’s MOTION projects work in partnership with local communities to provide free, vibrant, and unique ways to

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Three women… one forklift.

As you know, KAGE recently premiered Flesh and Bone in Melbourne and Sundowner is currently touring Australia. It’s now time for FORKLIFT to take centre stage as they work towards the world premiere season planned for early 2014. This is a major new dance-circus work

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Andrea Ousley reports back from her time with the Red Nose Foundation.

For the past 6 months I’ve been on leave without pay from NICA and I’ve been volunteering as Artistic Director, for the Red Nose Foundation (Hidung Merah). Facilitating its Arts and Education Program in North and South Jakarta. I was attracted to the Red Nose

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2012 ACAPTA Wrap Up

Wow! What a Year! As some of you may know, 2012 was a tough year for us here at ACAPTA with reduced funding and resources but we soldiered on regardless and thanks to our members and the amazing support of our circus community we have

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ACAPTA 2011 Mentoring Program

The Cultural Leadership Development program initiated by ACAPTA with the support of the Australia Council has kicked off with a group of 5 young women from the circus & physical theatre industry in Victoria. Through a program of discussions, projects, conferences and practical experience at

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2010 was a massive year with a lot of developments at ACAPTA.

Here are the Event and Activities highlights: FLASHPOINT FORUM The Flashpoint Forum held at Legs on the Wall in Sydney, 10th – 13th November was a huge success. The innovative Open Space model convened by Geoff Brown guided the group to develop the agenda over

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[Australian Government Website] New circus in Australia

ORIGINAL SOURCE – www.australia.gov.au Circus has changed since the days when a trip to the ‘Big Top’ meant encountering acrobats, clowns and animal performances, sometimes including dancing elephants and whip-cracking lion tamers. While classic circus still exists in travelling shows, neither Silvers Grand Magic Circus

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