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ACAPTA - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association


ACAPTA's New Website is now LIVE!

After months of fundraising, discussions and design meetings we are extremely proud to present our brand new and infinitely improved ACAPTA website!

The new website has a host of fantastic new features including a MEMBERS ONLY section where we will post all the latest employment, funding and professional development opportunities plus free tickets and discount. [You should have already received an email with your login details]

We are also developing a Circus Festival & Events CALENDER so that you can better plan your seasons, tours and events knowing what else is going on in your local community, nationally  and internationally. This is an ongoing work in progress so feedback is very welcome.

We now also have a dedicated page for our POZIBLE COLLECTIONS page, PASS PROGRAM and RESOURCES as well as a much more user friendly Circus DIRECTORY.

So all in all, a bunch of very exciting new features which we hope will benefit our members. To send us your feedback [or let us know of any glitches] email Angela at admin@acapta.org.au


EOI's Extended for Derek Scott's 'Rhythms of the Stage' Workshop.

We're hosting the amazing Derek Scott's 'Rhythms Of The Stage' Workshop in Melbourne in July. If you wish to participate, the deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to the 17th of June. 

Derek Scott is an internationally acclaimed actor, clown, director, producer and teacher, who has performed around the world, including on Broadway and London’s West End. He has performed and taught with such companies as Cirque du Soleil, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Stratford Shakespearean Festival as well as plays the lead role in Slava’s Snow Show.

Click HERE for further details.


What's on

One False Move… [NICA]

MELBOURNE: 19th to 29th June 2013

Features NICA’s second year artists in an original and fast-paced circus show that draws inspiration from the quirky events and sassy characters that inhabit the fictional world of the Film Noir genre. READ MORE...


A Smorgasbord of Circus
[The Circus Spot]

MELBOURNE: 15th June 2013

Fancy a mid-winter warm up with a toasty night of circus performance? Then lock June 15th into your diary, because The Circus Spot are putting on A Smorgasbord of Circus, The Winter Edition, a tasty feast of locally grown, fresh from the circus farm performance. READ MORE...


[Skye Gellmann & Kieran Law]

SYDNEY:  20th to 29th June 2013

Using a provided iPhone, pre-loaded with the specially designed Blindscape App, you enter the virtual world as you enter the performance space. The Blindscape App is a 3D audio-virtual reality. Coloured in by an unseen hand, perception and reality fold over as you explore corridors, doorways and landscapes – four unique stages of discovery moving to a final place of reflection. The light from your phone helps you to view fragments of circus which are spectacular but elusive, in this rare performance experience. READ MORE...


Digital Acrobatics: Performing the Circus Oz Living Archive Symposium [Circus Oz Living Archive]

MELBOURNE: 4th & 5th July 2013

This one-and-a-half day symposium discusses questions emerging as attempts are made to rethink and redefine contemporary practices of cultural heritage using digital technologies. In particular, the symposium focuses on the context of the performing arts and its documentation on video, through the lens of an interdisciplinary research project underway since 2010, the Circus Oz Living Archive. READ MORE...


Team of Life [KAGE]
Development Showing

CANBERRA: 5th July 2013

Team of Life harnesses the power of two great dramatic traditions – sports and theatre. This is your opportunity to see the first stage in the development of a remarkable and important work that is currently being created by KAGE in partnership with the Dulwich Centre Foundation. READ MORE...


The Famous Maurice Flea Circus [NICA]

MELBOURNE: 5th July 2013

Albert and Daisy present for your entertainment the most unique flea circus in the world, The Famous Maurice Flea Circus! Combining bumbling strong men, egotistical acrobats, sly jugglers and death defying antics, this show is pure comic mayhem. READ MORE...


Fright Or Flight [3 is a Crowd]

BRISBANE: 6th to 13th July 2013

Three of Australia’s finest circus birds will have you caught in a coop of the chaotic, comical and out-right absurd. Feathers fly in a fight-flight-freeze free-for-all that will surprise, shock and sweeten your senses. A strong repertoire of stunning physicality shares the nest with enchanting theatrical performances that will have you in awe of this rare breed of performer. READ MORE...





National Youth Circus Symposium 2013

ACAPTA’s 2013 National Youth Circus Symposium was co-presented by the Canberra’s dynamic Warehouse Circus crew on the weekend of 25th & 26th of May 2013.

NYCS13 was an exciting, challenging and fun opportunity to make a difference and to determine the future for this vibrant, inspiring and resilient sector. All youth circus companies and independent youth circus practitioners were welcome to attend and have their say in developing the ‘National Youth Circus Strategy’. READ MORE...


Congratulations to Circus Oz' new GM, Lou Oppenheim.
Oops, you know how we lost some content last month while putting together the May E-news? Well it appears that our congratulations to Circus Oz's new General Manager Lou Oppenheim dropped off the newsletter. We're very sorry Lou. We want to welcome you to the ACAPTA family!

Andrea Ousley reports back from her time with the Red Nose Foundation. For the past 6 months Andrea has been on leave without pay from NICA and has been volunteering as Artistic Director, for the Red Nose Foundation (Hidung Merah) and facilitating its Arts and Education Program in North and South Jakarta. READ MORE...

“Circus: second class artform?” RealTime.
Circus Oz Artistic Associate, Antonella Casella, has an article in the latest issue of RealTime, in which she hopes to challenge the broader theatre/dance/performing arts sector to think a bit differently about circus, and to embrace it’s unique potential. READ MORE...

Vulcana’s Quirky AGM. Vulcana Women’s Circus recently had a combined AGM and ‘Space Warming’ of its training and performance studio at The Brisbane Powerhouse. Vulcana now manages the hire of the studio and welcomes artists, dancers and performers to use the circus hub for creative development! READ MORE...

Catapult Festival 2014. SAVE the Dates: 7th to 13th April, 2014


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