Creating a show that breaks through many of the boundaries placed around traditional circus and performance, Circus Oz and Company 2 have created a wonderful new world with their world premiere of Wunderage– an astonishing spectacle told through breathtaking physical feats, heart-stirring live music and honest humour.
Circus Oz Artistic Director, Rob Tannion, says Wunderage is an offbeat promenade performance that lets the audience immerse themselves in the show itself.
“This show invites people to explore and be adventurous – especially as there are no seats that often create a barrier to the performance. We want our audience to step into the unknown with us and just wonder,” said Tannion.
Wunderage is that latest collaboration between two Australian contemporary circus companies who invite people to dream, wonder and roam as the fantasy unfolds throughout the iconic Meat Market space in North Melbourne.
Pictured: Tania Cervantes (left), Chelsea McGuffin (center), Grant Arthur and Bonnie Stewart (right), (Photographer: Rob Blackburn)
Wunderage emerges organically in all directions and offers an abundance of aerial acts where bicycles are precariously ridden on wires with people standing on shoulders; handstands unfold perched off tiny yet tall platforms; and acrobatic duets teeter off the edges of platforms and pianos.
As aerial slings poetically soar above audiences and acrobats effortlessly scale Chinese poles to great heights, Wunderage is absorbed in a live musical soundscape of drums, banjo, slide guitar, piano and mesmerizing voice.
Company 2 Director, Chelsea McGuffin, is thrilled to work with Australia's national circus. “People often walk a delicate tightrope between who they are and who they might become and from this tension springs Wunderage – it’s a bold new partnership that fuses the cheeky spark of Circus Oz and the poetic physicality we offer at Company 2.”
Talking about how the show was developed over a number of years, the program had had support while working with independent artists, and the partnership between two companies has helped to identify what work the artists themselves would like in the program.
Identifying components such as tightwire rope, which are expensive and big constructs for circus performers, such a performance is also a metaphor for exploring the “tension between what we walk in life, and who we are and what we want to be,” Ms McGuffin says.
Largely interactive with the audience during this performance, performers and audience, would seem to build on the present moment together during the show, Ms McGuffin says.
“The audience, like the performers, have to be there in the present moment. And with everyone having a busy life, it is more important than ever to see a show like this - and be there, learning to breathe, and be completely present, with the audience – in the present moment.
Committed to a show that can lead to new and exciting new possibilities, don't miss out on Circus Oz's Wunderage this June!
Dates: 20 – 30 June 2019
Times: 7.30pm Thu – Sat and 2.30pm Sat – Sun
Location: Meat Market - 3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Tickets: $35 – $49, $38 Groups 8+ and $130 Family (2 adults + 2 children)