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ACAPTA - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association

We've MOVED!!!!!

Well, it may not be as big a move as Circus Oz's recent adventure but we have also moved! Last week, we said goodbye to our lovely Meat Market cupboard and hello to our new home at the Footscray Community Arts Centre! Our new address is....

Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association.
C/O - Footscray Community Arts Centre
Office 2 - Henderson House
45 Moreland Street
Footscray Vic 3011

And our new phone number is.... +61 3 9362 8871

Feel free to pop in and say hello!



By the time you read our e-news, the 2014 Catapult Festival may well be underway. It's set to be a fantastic, jam-packed week of workshops, masterclasses, forums, networking and much, much more.

Some sessions we think are of note include;

  • "Getting started – The National Youth Circus Strategy Manifesto"  [A Think Tank - Tuesday 8th April from 10am-12pm]. The recent National Youth Circus Symposium 2014, presented by ACAPTA and hosted by Cirkidz saw the next stage of development of the new Youth Sector Strategy, "Youth Circus in Australia: A manifesto for the development of the Australian Youth Circus Sector 2014 – 2020". This document, initiated at the 2013 NYCS, will be ratified at the Catapult Festival and launched in May.
  • "ACAPTA sector meeting" [Sunday 13th April from 11am-12pm]. The inaugural meeting of the ACAPTA Circus Arts Advisory Group (CAAG)

Stay tuned to the Catapult Festival website and Facebook for updates. On twitter or instagram and coming to Catapult? #catapultcircus #Bathurst


2014 ACAPTA AGM - Save the date!

The 2014 ACAPTA AGM is scheduled for Saturday 24th of May.
Put the date in your diary and stay tuned for more details...


Gold Coast SESH - Report

What an amazing day Gail and I had up on the Gold Coast recently.

"It was an invaluable day, fantastic to network and meet other circus peeps from the area. Such a talented, friendly and open bunch. I was stoked to get a chance to speak to Gold Coast council staff too, great to break down that barrier and feel heard. Well done ACAPTA you rock!" GC SESH attendee.

"Thank you ACAPTA for hosting the event in my home town. It was JUST what the Gold Coast circus sector needed to reboot and re-energise!" GC SESH attendee.

30 Gold Coast Circus community members met with our SESH partners; members of the City of Gold Coast - Arts and Cultural team for a great day of discussions, provocations and networking and there is talk that this may be a regular event on the Gold Coast.

We'd like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our Gold Coast Sector SESH Partner, The City of Gold Coast and its Gold Coast Arts and Cultural team for their invaluable support and vision; our Presenters, Anni Davey, Kristy Seymour, Shien Chee, Simone O'Brien, Darcy Grant, Alice Caldwell, Louise Moriarty, Jo Thomas, Brad Rush, Rockie Stone, Bernard Yu and Celia White; All the staff at Rabbit and Cocoon; Rabbit Media for their assistance with sound and AV; The Shed Coffee Hub for the catering; our Auslan Interpreters: Bernie Chapman and Bec Jones;  Musician, Andy Akova; and all of the wonderful Independent QLD and NSW circus artists and organisations who joined us.

We're now working on the Melbourne and Gold Coast Sector SESH reports which we will share you all in good time.

RELATED ARTICLE: [Gold Coast Eye] COAST LIFE IS A CIRCUS ACT. Lexie Cartwright  |  Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast  |  8th Mar 2014.


FEEDBACK - Please fill out our quick little survey...

A BIG Thank you to those who took the time to fill in our little survey about our MEMEBERS ONLY SECTION. Although we didn't get very many responses, the feedback we did get was incredibly useful.

You might notice this month that I have made a few changes to the OPPORTUNITIES section and I hope this now makes it easier to navigate. I'll be tweaking this section a little more over the coming weeks until I'm happy that its serving its purpose for our members.

As you can imagine, its incredibly time consuming trawling through the hundreds of sources that I need to go through in order to find information that I think our members will be interested in. If you know of something that you think might be of interest to your fellow artist, please don't hesitate in sending it through to me at admin@acapta.org.au. I'm always on the look out for great opportunities and jobs for our members. I'm particularily interested in hearing from our non-Victorian members where I dont have the same local knowledge.

The survey is still open so please feel free to give us your feedback so that we can continue to build and improve our members services. Its a seriously quick SURVEY!


What's on

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...


KaBooM: Stories From Distant Frontlines [Tashmadada]

MELBOURNE: 10th to 13th April 2014

KaBooM is based on real stories of Australians who have fought on the frontline. Australians who fled to this country to escape conflict and build new lives. 7 Directors use the body of one female performer (Deborah Leiser-Moore), who, like a contemporary Scheherazade, functions as the central storyteller – and an arsenal of contemporary theatrical weapons – projections, aerial work, pulsing sound track from Bigtoxic – and elements – water, tomatoes, hay – to create a series of interlocking performance vignettes. READ MORE...


BODY TALK – A DOUBLE BILL [Delgado Fuchs & Such n Such]

MELBOURNE: 11th & 12th April 2014

A hilarious double bill featuring Delgado Fuchs (Switzerland) and Such n Such (Debra Batton and Catherine Magill) (Australia). ‘Long Sky-Blue Woollen Coat worn with a Large Roll-Neck Jumper, Peach Leather Trousers and Red Nubuck Pointed High-heel Shoes’ by Delgado Fuchs & ‘She Stepped Too far’ bySuch n Such. READ MORE...

MEMBERS: Receive a fabulous 25% discount to Body Talk – A double bill.


Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves Cabaret [Circus Monoxide]

NEW SOUTH WALES: 12th April 2014

Circus Monoxides latest Cabaret – Gypsies, Tramps and Theives! There’ll be astounding circus acts, side splitting comedy and an atmosphere that will transport you to a place more mystical and magic. 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...

MEMBERS: Win a double pass to NICASparks’ iClown

The Travelling Medicine Show [Porcelain Punch] - 2nd to 13th April 2014
Porcelain Punch Traveling Medicine Show draws influence from the infamous ‘Medicine Shows’ that once travelled the countryside offering programs of comedy, music, circus and other novelties along with complex displays and a ‘hard sell’ of assorted tonics, salves, elixirs and the ever unattainable ‘miracle medicinal cure’. 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...

MEMBERS: Win one of four double passes to Trash Test Dummies at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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...

Why Do I Dream? [Sabrina D’Angelo] - 10th to 20th April 2014
Following smash hit seasons at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013 and NZ Fringe Festival 2014, acclaimed body-poet Sabrina D’Angelo presents her dazzlingly absurd physical comedy, Why Do I Dream? Described as ‘Kate Bush meets Mr Bean’, Sabrina is the dream weaver in this one woman tour de farce. READ MORE...

MEMBERS: Win one of four double passes to see Why Do I Dream? on Friday 11th April.


Celebrate World Circus Day!

A month long celebration of Circus, the Art of Happiness, will begin on 20 March 2014, the United Nation’s “International Day of Happiness” and end on the Fifth World Circus Day, Saturday 19 April 2014. Find out what our Australian Circus companies and International peers are up to over the next few weeks.


Squaring the Wheel [Jens Altheimer]

8th to 19th April 2014 - Queensland.
22nd to 30th April - New South Wales

Squaring the Wheel combines circus, clown, strange mechanisms and contraptions, puppetry, magic and music into an unusual, thingamabobbish theatre extravaganza.

A flying broom, two ugly screaming babies, 17 balls, 34 meters of bent steel, 483 welded points and 15 marching eggs are just the tip of the iceberg of unexpected, transformed wacky materials and objects.


Darling Harbour Hoopla

SYDNEY: 18th to 21st April 2014.

Join Darling Harbour Hoopla for a heart-stopping circuit of circus, sideshow and street theatre this Easter long weekend, 18-21 April. Taking place over four fun-filled days and three spectacular nights, Hoopla welcomes a colourful cavalcade of local and international performers to dazzle and delight in ways you never imagined. READ MORE...



FREMANTLE: 19th to 21st April 2014

Joining a stellar international line up this year’s festival includes Australian circus/physical theatre/street performers Alakazam-The Human Knot (Alan Millar), The Brucie Show (Conrade Rivalland), Dream State Circus, The Ferret Guy (Leeroy Hart) and the WA Circus School. READ MORE...


Controlled Falling Project
[ThisSideUp acrobatics]

TASMANIAN TOUR: 29th April to 1st May 2014
VICTORIA TOUR: 4th April to 3rd May 2014

Set in a old-fashioned laboratory three scientists conduct tests on themselves, measuring their physical boundaries is a mysterious scientist and his curious instruments. Together they explore physics and challenge the laws of gravity.


Interplay [Sydney Dance Company]

CANBERRA: 10th to 12th April 2014
MELBOURNE: 30th April to 10th May 2014

Sydney Dance Company presents a 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...

Check out the MEMBERS ONLY section for your change to win a double pass to your choice of performance Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne. [One Double Pass in each state]


EMPIRE [Spiegelworld]

MELBOURNE: 11th March to 11th May 2014

ACAPTA would like to thank  the EMPIRE team for their generous contribution of two double passes to this season as part of our recent 2014 Membership Drive!

EMPIRE is a 90-minute theatrobatic adventure performed by the greatest international talent ever assembled in one tent. The MCs, Oscar and Fanny, steer the show while an eccentric cast of characters help Oscar rebuild his empire; the seductive Gorilla Girls from Ukraine form perfectly balanced pyramids on top of each other and the Ethiopian foot juggler Black Flintstone throws and impossibly catches his brother Big Mac Boy on his feet. READ MORE...


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...


But Wait…There’s More [Circus Oz]

MELBOURNE: 18th June to 13th July 2014

Following an action-packed national tour crossing Arnhem Land, a Sydney Big Top season, then a smash-hit international tour across America to Montreal, Circus Oz return home to their custom-built secret circus laboratory in the heart of Collingwood to cook up a brand spanking new show – But Wait…There’s More – making its world premiere in Melbourne at Birrarung Marr from 18 June – 13 July 2014. READ MORE...  Read the Media Release.


International Tours

A Simple Space [Gravity & Other Myths] - 29th April - 6th July 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. 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. Succes then followed them to the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where A Simple Space received countless 4 and 5 star reviews and sell out crowds and a recent critically acclaimed Melbourne season. READ MORE...





2015 Mullum circus festival
[including NYCS15]

MULLUMBIMBY: 21st to 27th September 2015

Spaghetti Circus General Manager, Alice Cadwell recently announced the dates of the 2015 Mullum circus festival at our Gold Coast Sector SESH. The 2015 National Youth Circus Symposium, presented by ACAPTA will also be hosted by Spaghetti Circus as part of the Mullum Circus Festival. READ MORE...


NSW Arts & Cultural Development Program

A new arts and cultural development program will be introduced in 2015 to replace the Arts Funding Program, Minister for the Arts, George Souris, has announced. Mr Souris said the new Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) will deliver quality arts and cultural experiences to diverse audiences across the State, and support a resilient creative sector. READ MORE...


Flying Fruit Fly Circus announces National Training Project

A two-week intensive course for young people and adults.

Designed specifically for anyone serious about a career in Circus, or a chance for those already working in the industry to improve and refine their skills, the National Training Project is an extraordinary opportunity to be trained and inspired by internationally renowned trainers in the state of the art training facility. READ MORE...


‘How circus training can enhance the well-being of autistic children and their families’ by Kristy Seymour

Kristy is known for her extensive work in the Youth Circus sector, leading a team of inspiring artists as the Head Trainer and then Artistic Director of Flipside Circus in Brisbane for several years. During her time at Flipside Circus, Kristy developed a keen interest in using circus to help children in need, at risk and who struggle to find their place in the world.

In 2009, while still at Flipside Circus, Kristy partnered with Occupational Therapist Fiona Jones to set up a specialised circus program for children with special needs, particularly those diagnosed on the Autistic Spectrum. This led to Kristy undertaking her Master of Arts and Media. Kristy received First Class Honours for her thesis paper titled “How Circus training can improve the well-being of autistic children and their families”. She now runs her own circus school “Circus Stars” which is dedicated to children on the Autism Spectrum.

Kristy is currently undertaking her PhD at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, her area of research is the History of Contemporary Circus in Australia for which she received a full time scholarship.

Kristy's Masters Paper is now available on our website.


‘Monsieur Gaulier Takes a Class’
By Ailsa Wild

ACAPTA member, Ailsa Wild, recently had her work published in Meanjin. She shares with us an edited extract.

"Monsieur Philippe Gaulier is a little bit hunched and a little bit grizzled. He wears a floppy hat over big white hair and an offensively bright tie. His nose tells the story of how much he drinks.

He is a master.

“You have to be fucking funny,” he said on the first day. “If you are not funny you are not a clown.” ..."



Some interested reading/viewing...

[The Guardian] How social enterprise circuses are impacting on disadvantaged youths.

Social enterprises across the world are using circus tricks and tips to help disadvantaged youths, educate communities and improve the areas in which they exist

Teachers often tell students to stop ‘clowning around’ but many social enterprises are doing the very opposite. Across the world, circus workshops are replacing lessons and demonstrating that laughter is the best medicine.

[ArtsHub] Collingwood homecoming shifts circus focus

After spending the past 20 years in the increasingly cramped Naval Drill Hall in Port Melbourne, Circus Oz has moved to a permanent new home in Collingwood, close to where its first ever public performances were presented at the Last Laugh Theatre Restaurant in 1978-79.

The $15 million dollar redevelopment of the former Collingwood Technical College, designed by award-winning architects Lovell Chen, was supported through the 2011-2012 Victorian state budget. Victoria’s Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria, officially opened the new building last Friday.

Demystifying failure, with circus: Sven Hopla at TEDxBristol

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.Sven Hopla is a versatile aerialist and solid acrobatic base who couples his high physicality with his acting studies, received at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, to bring a theatrical quality to his work and strong connection with his audiences.


Spaghetti Circus are seeking new Board Members

Over the last 21 years, Mullumbimby’s own home-grown circus school and performance troupe, Spaghetti Circus, has not only become an integral part of the local culture, but has also made significant contributions to the circus community at large.

They are currently seeking to extend our board of management. They're looking for skilled and committed individuals who’re interested in channeling their passion for circus into serving as voluntary directors on our board. READ MORE...



Spaghetti Circus have announced Simone O'Brien as their new Creative Director. Read all about it here...

After 10 years of dreaming, hoping and planning, Circus Oz has moved to a fabulous new home on part of the former Collingwood Technical School site, purpose-built for the company by the Victorian Government.

A big congratulations to CIRCA for their recently announced Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award. This is the 30th year of these prestigious awards which recognise some of the most important contributors to Australian performing arts.




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