AN ART FORM IN MOTION
CURATED BY ANDREW BLEBY
Since the early 1900s, when what is now the site of Arts Centre Melbourne was home to the Wirth Brothers’ Circus, Melburnians have had a special place in their heart for this maverick art form.
Melbourne is now home to over 20 circus companies, including the national treasure that is Circus Oz, and the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). But who would have thought that the knock-’em-down thrills of the sawdust ring would find their way to centre stage in an international arts festival? The extreme physical disciplines of the circus arts are rapidly evolving into new and exciting forms, melded with progressive choreography, classical music, comedy and contemporary design and visual effects.
Join us as we put the spotlight on a new world of global circus from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia and see what the future might reveal. Not a lion-tamer in sight.