Premiering in Melbourne last year, Circus Oz sizzles back into the Circus Oz Big Top at Birrarung Marr with their reconstructed 2013 show – cranked up from touring regional Australia, a New York City run of standing ovations and hot from an extended season across America.
Circus Oz 2013: Cranked Up hurls the 2012 show, From The Ground Up, to new heights – it is a production that has been honed, road-hardened, made tight and allowed to play hilariously fast and loose.
Expect the irreverent Circus Oz spirit, revel in seeing some of the company’s much-loved characters again and thrill at some daring new feats as Mark Sheppard steps into the shoes of roving Indigenous provocateur destined to disrupt Circus Oz’s ongoing brand of ridiculous tomfoolery that leaves audiences howling for more.
Credited with revitalising a traditional artform in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz is a rock ‘n’ roll, animal-free circus that has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its foundation in 1978 – and this year turns 35!
“… no-bullshit Australian culture, which grabs our audience by the throat and makes us cheer the daredevils on, laugh, and be made aware of social justice all at once. This is the art of Circus Oz …” Canberra Critics Circle (October 2012)
“A blend of high energy acrobatics, juggling, magic, exuberant clowning and all around derring-do, accompanied by a pounding rock score.” New York Post (December 2012)
“The group adds comedy and music, making the aerial routines about more than mere prowess … a little naughty, a little nice, a little death-defying.” New York Times (December 2012)
“The daring feats on trapeze and poles and unlikely equipment keep your heart in your mouth while the mildly raunchy verbal byplay and failed card tricks hold the attention of the adults who actually buy the tickets.” Metro, New York (December 2012)
Circus Oz undertook its first and critically praised international tour in 1980, and has since continued touring to over 100 cities and regions in 26 countries, playing to over two million people.