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, theatricality, innovation and of course, a lot of juggling! Byron and Richard received a professional development package worth more than $6,000 including $4,000 cash generously donated by the Gasworks Patrons Foundation, free registration to the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016, the biggest arts event in Australia and one of the largest Fringe Festivals in the world; free stage lighting and design consultancy, generously donated by After Dark Theatre and a professional marketing consultancy covering social media, sponsorship, PR and more.

This year’s Runners Up were Gravity Dolls with their presentation of My Life in Boxes, a beautiful, tragic exploration of grief, guilt, perception and happiness, coloured by circus, movement and spoken word. Gravity Dolls will receive $2,000 cash generously donated by the Gasworks Patrons Foundation; free rehearsal time in the Gasworks Theatre and a professional marketing consultancy covering social media, sponsorship, PR and more

Gasworks Arts Park’s Director & CEO Tamara Jungwirth commented on the prize winners, “Our first prize winners combined night club music and dancing (and at times computer games) with juggling, choreographed and executed with skill and charm, and the second prize duo combined serious dramatic narrative with beautiful aerials that held the audience spellbound. We look forward to working with all our entrants to develop their work and stage full length seasons at Gasworks Arts Park.”

Gasworks Circus Showdown 2015 featured eight of Australia’s finest circus and physical theatre acts, battling it out over three nights of scorching competition. Gasworks Circus Showdown is the only performance opportunity of its kind in Australia. One part competition, one part showcase, Gasworks Circus Showdown highlights a selection of exceptional emerging circus and physical theatre talent from Melbourne and beyond.

Tamara Jungwirth stated of the event, “Circus in Australia is continually evolving and at Gasworks Circus Showdown we give artists the opportunity to try new things. As part of this evolution Circus Oz exploded gender stereotypes and incorporated live bands, and Circa melded circus with contemporary dance to create something fluid and mesmerizing. As part of this evolution, this year at Circus Showdown we have been privileged to see the light of totally original talent and realisation of work shining through. With audience reaction involved in the scoring, crowd feedback is immediate – and for our two prize winners it was rapturous. We hope to see more of our circus loving audiences this September, when our circus hub The Boardwalk Republic will be back, with a huge number of circus shows in both our theatres.”

Gasworks Circus Showdown is proudly supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Local Festivals Fund.

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IMAGE CREDIT: Gasworks Circus Showdown, supplied