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 and puts the spotlight firmly on the physicality of the performers.


The city’s first Circus Incubator ran from 22-27 September and what evolved was a hothouse of creative professional development workshops for emerging and established circus artists. Performers pushed their bodies to the limit and tested new boundaries of their art in gravity-defying feats of physical precision.

Circus sits at the intersection where art and sport meet, perfect to celebrating the Gold Coast’s active, outdoor lifestyle. A partnership between the City of Gold Coast, Spaghetti Circus and the Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association (ACAPTA) is the crux of this innovative and edgy new project for the City.

The Circus Incubator offered audiences the chance to go behind the scenes and see the future of circus in the making.

“The Gold Coast is a hot spot for circus in Australia,” Spaghetti Circus Creative Director Simone O’Brien said.

“There’s an incredible wealth of circus talent in the Gold Coast region. Circus Incubator has brought these artists together to celebrate circus, learn new skills, create great performances and leave audiences buzzing,” she said.

The fresh appeal of circus is taking Australia by storm. It’s moved beyond vaudeville to high art, but it’s an artform that has broad appeal.

According to world-renowned circus artist Darcy Grant, one of the mentors in the Circus Incubator, its appeal lies in the fact that it’s real.

“In an age of CGI and youtube saturation, the live form is back and there are exciting new possibilities for its reinvention,” he said.

“You can feel the arts climate here on the coast heating up and I think new circus has a huge role to play in this.”

The trainers and mentors consisted of some of the country’s leading circus artists with vast international experience. This high octane, super skilled group of people also ran workshops for aspiring school age performers and established circus and physical theatre performers from the Gold Coast region.

Darcy Grant, mentors Tigerlil and Yos Worth along with five local circus performers, shared their world-class artistic practice and experience with established and emerging artists.

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