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ACAPTA - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association

NICA update...

‘Last week Swinburne University of Technology issued the following statement. “from 1 July 2013, Swinburne will directly manage NICA after it was recognised both by Swinburne and NICA that NICA was not yet in a position to become independent.”

What then followed were a number of media releases and statements from Swinburne and NICA, which we have published because ACAPTA is committed to ensuring that our membership is informed on issues, which impact on all of us and we actively encourage and support on-going ‘sector’ discussion and debate.

Therefore in the spirit of transparency and inclusion we have published the following information in this month’s Access all Areas and we are committed to continuing to seek further clarity on what this decision means in relationship to NICA’s status as a world class circus arts training institute’.

Anni Davey
Chair, ACAPTA Board.


BOOK NOW for Derek Scott's 'Rhythms of the Stage' Workshop.

MELBOURNE:  23rd July 2013

ACAPTA is thrilled to present Rhythms of the Stage, a three hour intensive Physical Theatre workshop by Internationally acclaimed Derek Scott who plays the Yellow Clown in Slava's Snowshow. BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! for your chance to win a double Pass to see Slava's Snowshow in Melbourne. 


What's on

Kapow! [Asking For Trouble]
Fun4Kids Festival

WARRNAMBOOL: 3rd & 4th July 2013

An irreverent, comical and human look at the world of the superhero and the desire we have to be special. Kapow! explores the super power of imagination and the possiblity of our imaginary worlds leading to real adventure, bravery and a bigger life. MORE INFO...


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. READ MORE...

ACAPTA members get a Discounted Rate.            

MELBOURNE: 4th July 2013

Also being presented is "In conversation with… Seb Chan"


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...


Pozible: Crowdfunding Workshop

MELBOURNE: 8th July 2013

ACAPTA Partners, Pozible invite Melbourne creatives to an information sharing session at Loop Bar! Crowdfunding is about building your fanbase, breaking away from gatekeepers, breaking down territorial barriers and getting that cash to help make your passion project become a reality. READ MORE...


The Bust Out Cabaret
[Theatre Kimberley]

BROOME: 12th July 2013

A fundraiser for Broome’s wonderful Sandfly Circus. The show will feature some of the best new talent in the circus and cabaret arenas in Australia and they all come from Broome! READ MORE...


Fright Or Flight [3 is a Crowd]

BRISBANE: 6th to 13th July 2013

Thanks to everyone who helped 3 is a Crowd with their recent Pozible Campaign. They made it and are now off to the Edinburgh Festival! But before they go, our feathery friends are flying into Brisbane for a season. If you're in the area, make sure you get yourself some tickets to this award winning show!   READ MORE...


Cranked Up 2013 [Circus Oz]

MELBOURNE: 19th June – 14th July 2013

Premiering in Melbourne last year, Circus Oz sizzles back into the Circus Oz Big Top at Birrarung Marr with their reconstructed 2013 show. Cranked Up hurls the 2012 show, From The Ground Up, to new heights. After touring regional Australia, a New York City run of standing ovations and an extended season across America, it is a production that has been honed, road-hardened, made tight and allowed to play hilariously fast and loose. READ MORE...


Ladies Lounge Fundraising Cabaret [Vulcana Women’s Circus]

BRISBANE: 21st July 2013

Vulcana Women’s Circus presents its first Ladies Lounge. Ladies, Sheilas, Dames, Femmes, boys, she-girls, he-girls all versions of girls, women and their friends are invited to help Vulcana raise much needed funds to support their great work. This will be an evening of new circus performance featuring, among others, the fabulous new acrobatic duo, Twisted Hitch. READ MORE...



MELBOURNE: 3rd - 21st July 2013

Directed by our very own Anni Davey [ACAPTA Chair] and guest starring a number of our ACAPTA members, Maude Davey is retiring her nude acts. She has been taking her clothes off in public for twenty-nine years, and now it’s time for less make-up, more clothes! READ MORE...


Beyond Tolerance: Disability, Advocacy and the Arts [Arts Access Victoria]

MELBOURNE: 22nd July 2013

ACAPTA ancourages our members to support Arts Access Victoria’s not-to-be missed public forum, Beyond Tolerance: Disability, Advocacy and the Arts.

Join host Stella Young and an illustrious panel of artists, provocateurs and speakers including the Hon. Heidi Victoria MLA, Victorian Minister for the Arts, CEO of Arts Access Australia, Emma Bennison; CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, Tony Grybowski; Director of Arts Victoria, Penny Hutchinson; Adelaide based artist and activist, Katharine Annear; Co-ordinator of Deaf Arts Network, Ross Onley-Zerkel; and Director of Footscray Community Arts Centre, Jade Lillie. READ MORE...


Slava’s Snowshow

MELBOURNE: 17th to 28th July 2013

SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW STORMS INTO AUSTRALIA! Internationally acclaimed spectacle comes to Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth. “ Slava’s Snowshow is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to circus. READ MORE...   Also playing ACT and  WA.

MEMBERS: Check out the FREEBIES section to see how you can win a double pass to the Melbourne show.


Glory Box: Paradise [Finucane & Smith]

MELBOURNE: 10th July to 11th August 2013

Finucane & Smith return from storming Australia, London, Sweden and Paris with their wild winter institution, The Glory Box, and this time they plunge you into Paradise. Seductive spectacle, live art exotica and jaw-dropping cabaret. READ MORE...

MEMBERS: Click HERE for your chance to win a double pass.


ACAPTA members head to the Edinburgh Fringe!

EDINBURGH FRINGE: 2nd - 26th August 2013

ACAPTA would love to send a GREAT BIG CHOOKAS to all of our fabulous members and their fellow artists who are heading over to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. We hope you all have a fantastic time over there. Make sure that if you're in the area that you go and see the shows and support these fab artists.

To make it even easier, we have a double pass to give away to Astrid and Otto's Kunst Rock in both Montreal and Edinburgh. Login to the MEMBERS ONLY section.

And a BIG BIG Chookas to Astrid and Otto [Kunst Rock - Die Roten Punkte] for their tour to Montreal for the 'Just for Laughs Zoofest'!





Circus Makes a Difference

Press Release – Circus Makes a Difference.

Westside Circus is taking enrolments for the Winter Holiday Program and Term 3 classes. The Brunswick-based not-for-profit group has been making a real difference to the lives of young people through its circus workshops. READ MORE...


Our sincere condolences to Sarah Guyard's family and friends.

As some of you may be aware, Sarah Guyard, an acrobat with Cirque du Soleil was fatally injured in an on-stage accident over the weekend. 

The Australian circus sector is deeply saddened by this terrible news and we wish to send our condolences to Sarah Guyard's loved-ones, family, friends, students and colleagues at Cirque du Soleil.

A memorial wall has been set up for those that wish to leave a message for her loved ones.


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