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ACAPTA - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association

2014 National Youth Circus Symposium is on this weekend!

This is your last chance to register for this weekends symposium. Its going to be a great opportunity to re-connect with fellow youth circus orgs and individuals and share what's been happening over the last 12 months. REGISTRATIONS close tomorrow.


Read Richard Watt's ARTSHUB article:  Youth circus sector swings in to Adelaide

Looking forward to seeing you on the weekend.



UPDATE: Gold Coast Circus and Physical Theatre sector SESH

GOLD COAST: Friday 28th March 2014

As you may know, the City of Gold Coast and ACAPTA recently announced a new $10,000 Creative Development Grant for the Circus and Physical Theatre Sector.

We are now calling for applications from circus or physical theatre artists of the Gold Coast ( or national artists in partnership with artists from the Gold Coast) for a creative development grant of up to $10,000 for a Gold Coast based circus / physical theatre development project.

The upcoming Gold Coast sector SESH will be the perfect opportunity to hear more about this initiative and start some new conversations with potential collaborators and partners.

Places are filling fast so please BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

Read Richard Watt's ArtsHub article:  $10,000 fund for Gold Coast circus artists.

The Qld SESH is an ACAPTA partnership project supported by the City of  Gold Coast.


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What's on

…We Should Quit [Thomas McDonald and Morgan Wilson] - 28th February to 9th March

A physical comedy based in an office space. Imagine two cogs in the machine of an unknown corporation, whose lives are stuck in a rut and composed completely of daily routine. These two go about their day procrastinating and in the end have accomplished only the most mundane of tasks. But suddenly when their routine is broken, chaos ensues. READ MORE...

Turning in Time [A4 Circus Ensemble] - 27th February to 9th March

Turning in Time mixes the tradition of a 1920s travelling circus with the sensuality of contemporary circus. Paying homage to the intriguing history of Australian circus, the girls from A4 will take you on a journey through evocative projections, mesmerizing aerials, hypnotic foot-juggling and graceful risley. READ MORE...

A Simple Space [Gravity & Other Myths] - 15th February to 9th March

 Following on from their critically acclaimed and widely toured production Freefall, their latest offering, A Simple Space, has already attracted attention for all the right reasons. This new work premiered at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival receiving rave reviews, sell-out and enthusiastic houses, a weekly Fringe Award and a nomination for the overall Best Circus Award. READ MORE...

SNUG | VENT [PUMP Theatre] - 8th & 9th March

Two original plays written in memory of Jill Meagher and Sarah Cafferkey, two young women violently murdered in Melbourne.  READ MORE...

ROCK [PANTS DOWN CIRCUS] - 14th February to 16th March

It’s a long way to the top, the big top, and these guys are livin’ on a prayer that no one breaks a leg. Pants Down return to The Garden of Unearthly Delights this year with a rock show circus spectacular. READ MORE...

Fright Or Flight [3 is a Crowd] - 3rd to 16th March

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...



SYDNEY: 7th January to 16th March 2014
TASMANIA: 19th to 23rd March 2014

Don’t miss the final two weeks of LA SOIRÉE’s season at the Sydney Opera House – must close 16 March! LA SOIRÉE then makes its Tasmanian debut in Hobart for a limited engagement in March!


A Simple Space
[Gravity & Other Myths ]

MELBOURNE: 18th to 22nd March 2014

Following on from their critically acclaimed and widely toured production Freefall, their latest offering, A Simple Space, has already attracted attention for all the right reasons. Premiering at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2013, before heading off to the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and back for the 2014 Adelaide Fringe, the show has continued to receive rave reviews, award nominations and sell-out crowds. READ MORE...


The Long Pigs

MELBOURNE: 12th to 23rd March 2014

Located in a rickety shack that acts as their factory, three paranoid comrades work, play and ritualize as their thrilled muttering drives their joy while a pile of shiny red noses emerge from beneath a rusty bucket. READ MORE...


Hoopy Happenings 2014

HEATHCOTE: 21st to 24th March 2014

Now in its fourth year, Hoopy Happenings is an intimate retreat/ camp/ gathering that happens annually! After attending the 2009 Tasmanian Circus Festival, founder Jewelz Hanssens decided there needed to be more hooping and so out of purely ‘selfish’ motives Hoopy Happenings began to be more than just a thought. READ MORE...


Art of Play [Women's Circus]

MELBOURNE: Sunday 23rd March

The Art of Play, a VicHealth MOTION project created by the Women's Circus Outreach program has included a month long series of play sessions within the communities which will culminate in the interactive performance PLayTime. Come and join in the fun at one or all of thePLayTime events programmed. READ MORE...


CircUS [Flipside Circus]

FORTITUDE VALLEY: 9th to 12th April 2014

Featuring some of Brisbane’s most thrilling youth circus artists, this is one heck of a show! The exciting follow-up to last Easter’s hit season of Identite, CircUS is a collection of circus acts that will leave you on the edge of your seat. READ MORE...


Melbourne International Comedy Festival

iClown [NICASparks] - 10th to 12th April 2014

Be ready to ROFL as these hilarious young circus clowns entertain you with their energetic physical comedy and LOL clown routines. Made up of thirteen cheeky performers, iClown is a fun cabaret made for kids, by kids, and has been created and directed by comedian and theatre maker Liz Skitch. READ MORE...

Trash Test Dummies - 4th to 17th April 2014

After a fantastic season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival where they received 4 stars from the Adelaide Advertiser and Rip It UP as well as a highly commended award from the Fringe itself, the Trash Test Dummies come home to Melbourne, to perform 15 shows as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. READ MORE...

Circus Under My Bed [Flying Fruit Fly Circus] - 9th to 19th April 2014

Direct from a sell-out season at Sydney Opera House. Circus Under My Bed follows a young girl lost in her imagination and the make-believe circus hidden in her room. As the circus she dreams of comes to life, we share her journey with some amazing whimsical characters. READ MORE...

Eurosmash! [Die Roten Punkte] - 17th to 19th April 2014

Following sell-out shows in New York, Montreal and Edinburgh and Sydney, Otto & Astrid Rot - Berlin’s Prince and Princess of Europop - are back. Fans of Spinal Tap and Flight of the Conchords say ‘HALLO!’ to your new favourite band. READ MORE...

The Travelling Medicine Show [Porcelain Punch] - 2nd to 13th April 2014

Rejoice as you partake in the phenomenon of the Porcelain Punch Miracle Cure, the extraordinary elixir of Immortality. Curer of incurable conditions, bestower of beauty and extender of the under endowed. Experience amazing acts, fantastic feats, exquisite oddities and old fashioned integrity. READ MORE...


International Tours

From The Ground Up [Circus OZ] - Montreal

Having wowed the USA, Circus Oz are now performing at Montreal's unique TOHU centre. An artistic circus hub where culture, environment, and community involvement converge. From The Ground Up has received rave reviews on thier USA/Canada tour with the tour wrapping up on Saturday 8th March. READ MORE...

La Soiree  - New York

In October 2013, LA SOIRÉE made its debut at the beautiful Union Square Theatre in New York City, once again garnering rave reviews. The show continues on in the Big Apple through 2014. READ MORE...

Briefs: The Second Coming [Briefs Factory] - Berlin

The all male, all vaudeville, all trash brat-pack are ready to unleash The Second Coming: a disorderly, circus infused Briefs-boys feast of new tricks, new wigs, new boys, new feathers and a new addictive sound track. READ MORE...





Our new LIST OF MEMBERS page is Live!

If you’ve recently joined or renewed your membership, you may have noticed a new little checkbox in the registration process confirming [or not] your permission for us to list your name in our brand new LIST OF MEMBERS page in the Members’ Only section of our website.

We see this as another way of making connections with our fellow community members, a way of proudly celebrating that you are a part of a bigger Circus and Physical Theatre community from all over Australia [and the world]. READ MORE...



Catapult 2014 is shaping up to be another massive celebration of Australian Youth Circus and Physical Theatre. They have some new projects brewing and some very exciting performers joining them for the next action packed festival experience. READ MORE...


Registrations are now open for the 2014 Gasworks Circus Showdown

Gasworks Arts Park is thrilled to reveal that their live on-stage circus and physical theatre season Gasworks Circus Showdown will be returning to Gasworks in May 2014, and registrations for participants are now open!

Gasworks Circus Showdown offers a platform for circus professionals from across Australia to showcase their skills to audiences and industry figures alike, while being in the running to win a bundle of career development prizes. This competition based performance series will feature live judging and will consist of two semi final heats culminating in a Grand Final show, with an overall winner being crowned the Gasworks Circus Showdown Champion! READ MORE...


Flipside Circus announce The Flipside Circus Reg Bolton Artist in Residency Program

Following from Richard Watt’s Space Shortage article on ArtsHub in Nov ’13, and after lengthy conversations with performers about lack of training facilities around Australia, Flipside Circus extends a warm invitation nationally to hear from independent circus companies, individual performers as well as other art forms to participate in an Artist in Residency Program in Brisbane. READ MORE...


Corrugated Iron celebrates its 30th birthday!

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts breaks into celebration this year marking three decades of providing innovative and challenging performing arts experiences that express the diversity of young people living in the Northern Territory. READ MORE...



We recently came across Cirque Du Monde's online Social Circus Map which plots and indexes organizations offering social circus workshops. It is the result of efforts made over the last few years by Cirque du Monde— the social circus program of Cirque du Soleil—to compile a record of all organizations dedicated to this form of intervention as well as the various research projects in progress on this topic. Today, Cirque du Monde is pleased to share this with the community at large. READ MORE...



  • Congratulations to Dr Katrina Rank who has recently taken up the role of NICA’s new Academic Leader.
  • Congratulations also go to Carmel Duffy who has commenced in the role of NICA's Operations Manager (Facilities and Resources)




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