Media Release 29/10/13


“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 Australia. It is now recognised as Australia’s national youth circus with scores of landmark achievements to its name.

Always proudly based on the border, the Fruities are planning a grand celebration on the banks of the mighty Murray River to mark its 35th anniversary, an event that will revel in the larrikin, maverick spirit that sparked the company’s foundation and continues to infuse its ambitions today.

Borderville will be Australia’s first festival of vaudeville (definition: stage entertainment; a variety of short acts such as slapstick, song-and-dance, juggling; daring feats of skill; a popular theatrical event; circus/burlesque/cabaret).

This is an opportunity to be part of a major celebratory event in the history of one of Australia’s most unique organisations and to enjoy the company of a diverse and vibrant community of physical theatre performers and practitioners. It’s a chance to workshop new ideas, showcase original and experimental work, and collaborate with a wide range of fellow artists. Be inspired by a cultural crucible of creativity.

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ popular National Training Project will move from its current July dates to become the prime circus-training component of the festival, an intensive two-week program for emerging and professional circus performers in one of Australia’s finest training spaces.

With events scheduled throughout this two-week period, Borderville will culminate in a final festival weekend of shows and entertainments, transforming Wodonga’s Gateway Village, including HotHouse Theatre’s Butter Factory venue, into a precinct of unexpected pleasures to tickle a veritable variety of fancies, encompassing vaudevillian delights, daring circus adventures, sideshows, music and magic.

Tony Rooke (National Circus Festival) will join the experienced Fruit Fly team as Creative Advisor for the festival and success in 2014 will hopefully cement Borderville as a bi-annual fixture on the cultural calendar, complimenting the new Mullumbimby Circus Festival in alternate years..

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is seeking expressions of interest from artists, performance companies, travelling venues, production staff and anyone out there who might be feeling just a wee bit enticed. The search is on for short vaudevillian style acts and shows, spiegel/circus tents and any former-Fruities who want to join us and party.

Borderville will be a community celebration of the unique Flying Fruit Fly Circus family that has grown up and spread its wings over 35 years, welcoming friends old and new, however the festival may be able to consider assistance with travel, accommodation and some expenses for participants where possible.

Albury/Wodonga, NSW/VIC, Australia

National Training Project: 22 September – 3 October
Festival Weekend: 3 – 6 October

Come and celebrate with us, register your interest today!


Call: 02 6043 0777

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