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ACAPTA - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the Circus Futures Forum!

MELBOURNE: 11th & 12th October 2014.

ACAPTA is thrilled to announce registrations are now open for our Circus Futures Forum being held in Melbourne in October 2014.
This fantastic Forum, presented in collaboration with Melbourne Festival and Circus Oz will host a who's who of contemporary circus from around the world.

Join us for this inspiring two day event where we will hear from International and National guests talk about a range of current issues and developments from around the world.

EARLY BIRD registration are now OPEN!


Meet & Greet with Emma Joukadjian

MELBOURNE: Friday 18th July 2014

ACAPTA is pleased to welcome our first Meet & Greet guest;   Physiotherapist, Emma Joukadjian.

Over the next few months, ACAPTA will present a series of Meet & Greet sessions where invited guests will talk about a number of different topics we think our members will find interesting. In our first session, we invite Physiotherapist, Emma Joukadjian to talk about circus related injury and injury prevention followed by a Q&A session for artists. READ MORE...                                      BOOK NOW


Please Be our Mate!

A big THANK YOU to all of our mates who have donated to and shared our 1000 mates for 10 campaign!

Our ’1000 mates for 10′  fundraising campaign directly supports ACAPTA to launch project-ReBoot, an exciting, ground-breaking and visionary circus arts project which focuses on providing young people who live in regional and remote communities with the opportunity to participate in the circus arts. Project-ReBoot supports a small but highly skilled team of professional circus artists to deliver circus arts workshops to young people, aged 12 to 20, who live in regional and remote communities in Australia.

We still have a long way to go to reach our $10,000 target but the campaign will remain open until the target is reached so keep spreading the word and throwing us your spare change to make this worthwhile project happen.

Don't forget, your donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible so you're not only doing the kids a favour but helping your tax return :)

PLEASE DONATE NOW!     |  Share Our FACEBOOK event to spread the word.


What's on

Carnival of the Animals [CIRCA]

BRISBANE, QLD: 25th June to 2nd July 2014

A blend of circus and multimedia, Carnival of the Animals is a magical reinvention of the classic music by French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns, as there is no live music featuring in this production. Depicting creatures from land, sea and sky, Circa’s performers take children and their adults on a safari through the lives of the tortoise, the elephant, the kangaroo, the swan, the life aquatic and many other beasts. READ MORE...


DANDYMAN [Daniel Oldaker]

BYRON BAY: 30th June to 4th July 2014

Daniel Oldaker- Dandyman- takes you on a journey of the imagination. Everyday objects transform fluidly in the hands of this talented physical comedian. Armed with just a pocket full of drinking straws, Dandyman fills the stage with characters, landscapes, and wild adventures. Rediscover the joy of playfulness as Dandyman sweeps you up in this invigorating and crazy world. READ MORE...


The Fairy Show [Dislocate]
Burrinja Circus Festival

MELBOURNE, VIC: Friday 4th July 2014

The Fairy Show will have all fairies singing and skipping all the way home. Better still, with Dislocate’s trademark mix of comedy and acrobatics The Fairy Show will impress even the most cynical of older brothers! Follow the story of Fairy Smart, Fairy Snooze and Fairy Nuff as they try to grant some fairy wishes. Join in and learn the song that makes the fairy dust work and then go on a mad-cap journey to find the fairy dust that the naughty gnomes have stolen. READ MORE...


Circus by the Sea [RUCCIS]
Burrinja Circus Festival

MELBOURNE, VIC: 4th & 5th July 2014

Pack your thongs and sunscreen and dig out your old treasure map. Ruccis is inviting you on a summer holiday by the sea.
This year Ruccis Students are proud to present ‘Circus by the Sea’; a swashbuckling adventure that takes you from the sunburnt beaches to the depths of the deep blue ocean. You’ll meet adorable penguins, magical mermaids, pesky pirates and SHARKS! READ MORE...


ROUGE et BLANC – Circus Showcase 2014 [NICA]

MELBOURNE, VIC: 2nd to 5th July 2014

The annual Circus Showcase at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is almost upon us and the final year circus students are busy refining their graceful, dynamic and captivating acts. The showcase, titled ROUGE et BLANC, includes two distinct cabaret-style performances.  One called ‘ROUGE’ and the other ‘BLANC’. READ MORE...


Kaput [Tom Flanagan and Strut & Fret Production House]

WARRNAMBOOL, VIC: 5th & 6th July 2014

KAPUT, A hilariously funny mix of chaos, comedy and acrobatics for all ages comes to FUN4KIDS Festival in Warrnambool! Tom Flanagan, the larger-than-life, energetic star of Tom Tom Crew and Circus Oz presents ‘elegant buffoonery at its finest, climaxing in a surprisingly heart-stopping piece of acrobatics’ Three Weeks (UK). READ MORE...


Magnificent Monster Circus Show [Vulcana Women's Circus]

BRISBANE: 1st to 6th July 2014

Here comes the Magnificent Monster Circus Show, and everyone is carrying everything on their backs. Watch the performers build a makeshift world of cardboard, hoops and dreams. As each box opens you’ll encounter a world of make-believe and magic. READ MORE...


String Thing [Asking for Trouble]

COROROOKE: Saturday 12th July 2014

Spinning wheels, hooks and needles, spider webs, and old ladies. Ropes for skipping, climbing, tying, knotting wrapping, roped that have been at sea, knots and tangles. A physical exploration of string by a circus artist READ MORE...


But Wait…There’s More [Circus Oz]

MELBOURNE, VIC: 18th June to 13th July 2014

Performed within a spectacular large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters, But Wait…There’s More accelerates to become a roller-coaster of infobesity, speed and choice-mania – it will be a punchy, exciting and funny vaudeville-inspired show for humans of all ages. READ MORE...


Staircase to the Moon – The Musical [Theatre Kimberley Inc]

WA TOUR: 5th to 17th July 2014.

Based on the children’s book of the same name by Indigenous local author Bronwyn Houston, Gwen Knox has written the play “Staircase to the Moon. It is suitable for all ages.The great music written by local, famous Indigenous musician Lorrae Coffin will stay with you long after you leave the venue. READ MORE...


Cordelia, Mein Kind [Tashmadada]

MELBOURNE: 16th to 20th July 2014

Cordelia, Mein Kind is a duet for film and live body; a personal exploration of a present-day Cordelia-like character revealed through language, physicality, image and film. Inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, the piece combines original interviews (between a contemporary Cordelia and her father, a Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivor now in his dotage and living in ‘exile’ in the Melbourne suburb of Bentleigh), and other visual imagery, with a language that is gestural, poetic, direct and physical. The multiplicity of performance languages weave seamlessly together, creating a challenging and unique performance work. READ MORE...


Perch – A Carnival of flying and falling [Legs On The Wall]

GLASGOW & BRAZIL: 19th & 20th July 2014

Perch is in partnership with Legs On The Wall (Australia), LUME Teatro (Brazil) and composer Stephen Deazley.

On a building high above the city streets a figure looks down, a set of magnificent wings upon its back. On the ground below a menagerie of strange and spectacular creatures call to the figure, will it fly or will it fall? Welcome to Perch, a carnival that celebrates our dreams and fears of flying… and falling. READ MORE...



MELBOURNE: 15th to 27th July 2014

In 2013 Maude Davey ‘retired’ her nude acts with this powerful and beautiful retrospective. She said it was the last time but, after an overwhelming response here she is, back in the nude again! A burlesque dissection of Maude’s un-clothed career, My Life in the Nude is a celebration of the corporeal, a queer history lesson and an urgent affirmation of shared humanity all rolled up into two unmissable hours of brutally honest cabaret. READ MORE...






Congratulations to Simon Clarke (CEO - Westside Circus) who has recently been appointed as Chair of the YPAA (Young People and the Arts Australia), the national peak body for organisations and practitioners that engage children and young people in the arts.

Congratulations to our Members and Friends who recently received VicArts Grants program funding!

  • Kate Fryer - $22,000 For the creative development and final rehearsals of a contemporary circus and physical theatre performance.
  • Malia Walsh - $7,700 For the development of a new work by Circus Trick Tease.
  • Button Eye Productions - $13,500 For the creative development of a solo cabaret theatre piece about on man’s personal experience with testicular cancer.

Bunty Armitage Circus Girl
A Circus Novel by Pixi Robertson

ACAPTA member Pixi Robertson has just released her latest novel.

What is going on? When Bunty Armitage wins the coveted TV role of Louisa Ireland, an early 20th century circus girl touring outback Australia, things just aren’t what they seem to be. What is the mystery of the faded trapeze costume? Just what is Bunty’s connection to Louisa? And can she really be in love with somebody who lived 100 years ago?  READ MORE...


Melbourne Juggling Convention

MJC is back in 2014, this time with a BRAND NEW VENUE!

MJC is thrilled to announce that it is moving around the corner to the new Circus Oz building. Join them for 4 days of circus workshops, masterclasses & performances; catch up with friends from around the country and polish up your manipulation skills!

It’s time to get the ball rolling on Melbourne Juggling Convention 2014! They’re back again from Friday the 19th to Monday the 22nd September. READ MORE...


Recent research and studies released.

The Australia Council for the Arts recently launched its Community Relevance Guide. Developed in order to support arts organisations to create meaningful connections with communities,  the Guide looks at five stages of Community Relevance. READ MORE...

The UK & Ireland Circus Research Network was recently launched to allow those engaged in Circus Studies – academics, practitioners, hobbyists or professionals – to forge links with each other and share research findings, methodologies, resources and opportunities. READ MORE...


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