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Circus Oz is pushing the boundaries of circus performance with its latest show offering the work of five different and emerging circus companies.
Presenting the inaugural Sidesault at the Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood, the five companies work to show the length and scope of circus, ranging from extraordinary physical stunts to circus poetry with styles and approaches that span topics like political satire, feminism and the roles of women across life stages, and provocative sideshows.
Circus Oz Senior Artistic Associate, Antonella Casella, who has co-curated Sidesault says circus is an art form that is continually reinvented by new generations and different artistic collaborations.
“In many different ways, all the shows in this festival are focused on the ‘circus body’ and placing it in a new context – whether that be the female body across a lifetime, the body as a site of destruction and pain, the body as something ridiculous or the body as a site of explosive power and human celebration,” said Casella.
These five Sidesault shows are:
CASTING OFF – A GOOD CATCH 8 – 11 Nov 2017 at 6.30pm
Nit is 29, Pearl is 40 and Slip is over 50 but under 60. Biologically, socially and psychologically their needs and concerns differ. Casting off stereotypes these acrobats devise without a leader, leap from heights, tumble around corners and catch-up with each other in precarious positions while celebrating the accumulated moments.
UNSUITABLE - TUMBLE CIRCUS
8 - 11 Nov 2017 at 8.15pm
Unsuitable is a circus comedy with confused jugglers, dangerous aerialists, dispirited clowns and broken acrobats. It’s about displaced and marginalised people trapped in a world of pain.
NONSTOP - TIME IN SPACE
15 - 18 Nov 2017 at 6.30pm
Nonstop draws audiences into the limits and possibilities of the human body both physically and mentally. The music influences the way the acrobats move, think and feel. Nonstop brings a fresh approach to circus that combines tricks, dance, group acrobatics and juggling into an experimental circus show.
PARTY GHOST– POACHED EGGS AND ASPARAGUS 15 – 18 Nov 2017 at 8.15pm
Do we celebrate our ‘death day’ in the afterlife as we do our birthday in the land of the living? A ghoulish exploration of the post-mortem mystery through an absurd pop-cultural lens, Party Ghost is part circus and part séance – it’s a macabre suite of the grindhouse kind and proves to be a wacky Frankenstein monster of a show.
RELAX: EVERYTHING'S FUCKED – THE SYNDICATE GROUP
15 – 18 Nov 2017 at 9.45pm Watch in awe as these punk rock daredevils go bigger, better and weirder than ever as they challenge the boundaries of decency and common sense with spectacular sideshow stunts, electrifying burlesque, incredible escapes and whip sharp political satire. Brimming with ideas, wit and anarchistic energy, Relax: Everything’s Fucked is a carnival cult-hit that pushes boundaries, tantalises senses and subverts expectations. (Recommended for 16 years +)
Photos: Courtesy of Circus Oz
Circus Oz’s Sidesault offers a combination of border and fringe-dweller circus performance with theatrical show and work to redefine how audiences see circus – be sure not to miss out on Sidesault in November!
Venue: The Melba Spiegeltent
Location: 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood
Tickets: $27 – $23 + booking fee (Festival passes available)
Website: Circus Oz