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ACAPTA - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association

Please rsvp by 11am Friday 23rd May.

The 2014 ACAPTA AGM is scheduled for Saturday 24th of May.
All current financial members of ACAPTA are invited to attend. If your membership has lapsed and you would like to attend the AGM as a voting member, please renew by Monday 19th of May at 2014. You can join by clicking on the 'Join ACAPTA'  image to the right.


Casus win the 2014 Green Room award for Innovation In Circus!

Huge Congrats must go to Casus for being awarded the 2014 Green Room award for Innovation In Circus [Alternative and Hybrid Performance].

The Green Room Award Association have implemented a new system for inviting the relevant panel to see your work and this new system effects all circus artists who are planning to present a show in Melbourne in 2014 (and beyond) and who want to be considered for the Green Room 'innovation in circus' Award this year.

We encourage all circus artists to register your show as this then ensures that the circus arts are a visible and important part of the Green Room Awards. READ MORE...


Please Help Us: ACAPTA needs the following information urgently.

ACAPTA is currently putting the final touches on the Youth Circus Strategy Manifesto which will be launched in July.

But we need some help from you - our members, friends and supporters.

What we need is
The names of any companies, independent artists or individuals who run youth circus focused companies, activities and projects through-out Australia.

Please send us:

  • Name of organisation / project / company / individual.
  • Location of where the project is happening (eg Bathurst, Yirrkala, Broome, Atherton, Mintabie, Shepparton, Curtain) - youth circus is everywhere!
  • Contact name, website (if there is one) and email address.

Please email your information to: Gail at gail@acapta.org.au
Subject heading: Youth Circus Information

Deadline: Friday 30th May 2014.

Contact Gail if you would like more information on this project.


Indies / Small Companies Initiative EOI's

We still have a few places in our Indie and Small Companies Professional Development Initiative. In 2014 ACAPTA will support a number of Independent artists and small companies to participate in industry events such as: the Victorian Theatre Network Meeting, Victorian Touring Workshop, and the Live Performance Australia’s Independent Producer’s Summit amongst others. If you would like to be considered, please apply online HERE!


What's on

Beyond [Circa]

BRISBANE: 30th April to 11th May 2014

Fresh from an eight-month Berlin season, Circa is back in its home town for the Australian premiere of Beyond. The show combines an Alice in Wonderland atmosphere with Circa’s trademark contemporary circus performance style. READ MORE...


ETHER [Murmur Collective]

BRISBANE: 8th to 10th May, 2014

Before words there is instinct. In the grey ether between lightness and darkness, twins meet to traverse their irrevocable connection. How can they find their unique voices in a world that can’t tell them apart? Can they ever find peace in solitude? In the end, it may mean losing everything. READ MORE...


Control ALT Delete
[Flying Fruit Fly Circus]

VICTORIAN TOUR - 3th to 10th May 2014

Opening last Saturday night in Portland, Control Alt Delete presents a unique opportunity to engage young audience in a relevant and powerful circus performance, a roller coaster of poetic, comical, emotional vignettes that will visually enthral and entertain whilst emotionally and conceptually challenge young audiences. READ MORE...


Interplay [Sydney Dance Company]

MELBOURNE - 30th April to 10th May 2014

Three lucky ACAPTA members recently won tickets to Sydney Dance Company's triple bill of breathtaking ambition, as three prodigiously talented choreographers (Rafael Bonachela, Jacopo Godani and Gideon Obarzanek) showcase works from the new frontiers of dance. READ MORE...


Mothers Day Cabaret
[Vulcana Womens Circus]

BRISBANE - Sunday 11th May 2014

Celebrate mothers and their daughters with a quirky circus cabaret fundraiser this Mothers Day! A smorgasbord of local talented artists including circus, dance, music and more! Treat your mum (and your daughters, sisters, brothers, sons, your lover, your partner, your friends and yourself!) to couture cakes, tea with a twist and great night out! READ MORE...


S [Circa]

MELBOURNE - Gasworks [16th & 17th May]  & Darebin Arts [27th to 29th May]

S is sinuous, seductive, sophisticated, sensual and savage. Inspired by the shape, grammatical functions and sound of the 19th letter of the alphabet, S will fill the stage with the raw immediacy of performers at their physical and emotional limits. READ MORE...

Open Day [CIRCA]
Circa will be holding an all ages free open day on Sunday the 18th of May from 9am – 11am in our Fortitude Valley studio. Grab some friends, have a go at everything we offer in our term classes, check out the space and meet staff and trainers to answer any of your questions. READ MORE...


Puzzled? [Flipside Circus]

ALDERLEY - 16th to 18th May 2014

Flipside Circus is proud to present Puzzled? An interactive circus show for all ages. Be immersed in every moment as circus performers soar high above whilst you navigate the maze. Young performers aged 10 – 16 will amaze and inspire as they tumble, hoop, climb, twist and contort themselves. Featuring your favourite circus acts including triple trapeze, Chinese pole, tight wire, juggling, swinging trapeze and much more! READ MORE...



MELBOURNE: 28th to31st May 2014

Gasworks have announce the nine Australian circus and physical theatre acts that will battle it out over three nights of scorching competition. Artists include Trash Test Dummies, Josh Croall, Avan Whaite, Three High Acrobatics, Adam Davis, Christopher Zaluski, Elena Prisco-Durst and Caesar Cordovana, Richard Sullivan and Madhouse Circus. READ MORE...

Also check out the Winners of the 2013 Gasworks Circus Showdown. LEFT by Long Answers to Simple Questions. Their season runs from 4th to 7th June 2014 at Gasworks.


Controlled Falling Project
[ThisSideUp acrobatics]

WA - 8th to 17th May  |  NSW - 20th to 24th May  |  QLD - 27th May to 7th June 2014.

ThisSideUp continue their Australian Tour of Controlled Falling Project. Set in a old-fashioned laboratory three scientists conduct tests on themselves, measuring their physical boundaries is a mysterious scientist and his curious instruments. A seamless balance between impulsive energy and systematic actions, Controlled Falling Project is a thrilling demonstration of high


Jerk [Emma Serjeant & Casus] – Brighton Spiegeltent [UK]

BRIGHTON [UK] - 15th to 17th May

Using magnificent physical and considerable dramatic skills to tell an apparently simple story in a dozen different ways, an intimate journey of a woman at the edge; falling forward into the unknown, or jerking back to the familiar? READ MORE...





World Circus Day wrap up!

Find out how our Australian Circus companies celebrated the Fifth World Circus Day [Saturday 19 April 2014].  If you did something special, please let us know so we can add your stories to our website. Email your stories to content@acapta.org.au


The Australian Copyright Council - National Seminar program.

The Australian Copyright Council offers a range of practical and informative seminars on Australian copyright law to assist creators and consumers in dealing with copyright material in the digital age. The 2014 Seminar Program is now available online. www.copyright.org.au


Circus Oz welcomes new ensemble and board members.

In the lead up to the fifth World Circus Day, Circus Oz announced the new 2014 Circus Oz ensemble members to be Ania Reynolds, April Dawson, Ben Hendry, Candy Bowers, Dale Woodbridge-Brown, Derek Llewellin, Kyle Raftery, Lilikoi Kaos, Matt Wilson, Nathan Kell, Olivia Porter, and Spenser Inwood. A big congratulations to the new team. READ MORE...

And today, Circus Oz Chair, Wendy McCarthy AO, has announced the appointment of four Directors to the Circus Oz Board: from the wider community Jody Broun from Sydney and Margaret Beattie from Melbourne; and from within Circus Oz, Mel Fyfe and Ania Reynolds. READ MORE...


Vulcana Women’s Circus – Call for EOIs for Small Change 2014

Vulcana Women’s Circus is offering an exciting opportunity for women to participate in creating a new piece of circus theatre Small Change. This is an opportunity to turn your circus skills into performance with the help of highly experienced theatre makers from Vulcana. It will involve creative development, devising, and rehearsal, and culminate in a public performance season in a specially constructed venue outside the Brisbane Powerhouse in late October. READ MORE...


Westside Circus announce their Extended Schools Residencey Program, Belonging. – going back to school

Congratulations to Westside Circus on their recent success in securing funding for their Extended Schools Residency program, Belonging, which will run over Terms 2 and 3 at Truganina South Primary School. Ms Victoria congratulated both Westside Circus and Truganina South Primary School on undertaking this substantial project. READ MORE...


Empowering a Deaf artist within circus communities of practice

ACAPTA member and recent participant at our Gold Coast Sector SESH, Circus artist Racheal Missingham discusses the value of inclusivity in arts and cultural practice…..

From an early age, instructors’ perceptions that people like myself cannot succeed in the arts industry meant that my dreams were stolen. Fast forward to 2011 when I participated in the Deaf Women’s Group run by Vulcana Women’s Circus. I came home as an artist once again, with new creative skills. READ MORE...


Circus Festivals captured on film...

Mullum Circus Festival : Through the eyes of Tiger Lil, Willow, Hamish & John McCormick.

Last year one of Australia’s premier youth circus’s Spaghetti Circus turned  21 and to celebrate they hosted the Mullum Circus Festival in Mullumbimby, Northern NSW. Like the 2 other major Australian circus festivals – The Western Australian Circus Festival and The National Circus Festival, Golconda Tasmania there was a week of workshops for circus practitioners leading up to a three day festival. A huge contingent of the Australian circus community turned out to help put on the amazing event, countless performers, riggers, stage managers, site managers, trainers & participants enjoyed the beautiful surrounds of the Byron Shire and celebrated circus in style. Many of our esteemed contributors were there and here’s a little selection of images from 4 of them. A fabulous collection of photos can be found here… www.carnivalchronicles.tv


Catapult Festival 2014: A collection of photos of students and trainers that participated in the 2014 Catapult Festival.

The 2014 Catapult Festival was another massive celebration of Australian Youth Circus and Physical Theatre. Thanks to Jill Robins for the photos.  www.facebook.com


Some interesting reading...

The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary [Smithonianmag]
Clowns, as pranksters, jesters, jokers, harlequins, and mythologized tricksters have been around for ages... So the question is, when did the clown, supposedly a jolly figure of innocuous, kid-friendly entertainment, become so weighed down by fear and sadness?

The Deconstructing Circus Project [Sideshow Circus Magazine]
Deconstructing Circus is a six-month project that takes a small step toward addressing this problem by publishing videos of 30 scenes from 30 contemporary circus productions. Each video will be accompanied by an interview with the production’s artist(s) or director that deconstructs the structure, dramaturgy and thematic content of the scene.

Movement and forms between puppetry and circus [Puppetring]  
Puppetry and circus have more in common than we think. It’s about movement and signification —the way both scenic disciplines find their true expression. Of course, there are many differences… but in some modern circus productions, artists use their props as living creatures. They animate them, interact with them in a very similar way of some puppeteers.

About Artistic Vibrancy [Australia Council]
Every arts organisation is unique. Artistic Vibrancy is a term that seeks to capture the different dimensions of artistic success and achievement that all arts organisations can strive for, regardless of their size, purpose, way of working or artistic outcomes. The Artistic Vibrancy Framework provides a structure and resources to help arts organisations reflect on, describe and measure their artistic performance and achievement across the different dimensions of their work.

The value of arts and culture to people and society – an evidence review [Arts Council England]
The value of arts and culture to people and society – an evidence review, gathers information that shows where the impact of our work is felt, whilst also identifying any gaps to help shape future research commissions. Head to the website to download the full pdf document.


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