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The Melba Spiegeltent - ArtsHub; Close to the Bone

15th December 2014

Circus Oz travels to the more ‘adult’ side of town with an almost burlesque tone and requisite touches of nudity and flamboyance. Circus Oz travels to the more ‘adult’ side of town, with its new show, Close To The Bone at the beautiful Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood. The first act sets a decidedly cabaret tone to the show, with the performers slightly seedy in black with lots of fishnet and heavy eye makeup, performing as an ensemble ...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - ArtsHub; Close to the Bone

The Melba Spiegeltent - The Age; Close to the Bone review: Intimate Circus Oz show thrills with detail

14th December 2014

Circus Oz don't often do intimate shows but since they recently moved to Collingwood and put up a beautiful old Spiegeltent in their backyard, the time is ripe. Close to the Bone features the current company performers, up close and very, very personal. Fancy looking up an acrobat's nostrils as he leans off a tiny stage and into your face? Keen to have a juggler squish a little ball onto your forehead with her foot? Roll on up! The productio...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - The Age; Close to the Bone review: Intimate Circus Oz show thrills with detail

The Melba Spiegeltent - Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.; Close To The Bone - Circus Review

13th December 2014

Close To The Bone is the newest show in the Circus Oz repertoire and is one of their boutique series. Being performed at the Melba Spiegeltent, Close To The Bone has been directed by Associate Director Debra Batton and co-directed by Jo-Ann Lancaster and Simon Yates from Acrobat. Yates and Lancaster have been Artists in Residence with Circus Oz for several short stints over the course of 2014. A tour was cancelled and so Circus Oz decided to cre...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.; Close To The Bone - Circus Review

The Melba Spiegeltent - The Age; Collaboration makes circus experience close-up and intimate

12th December 2014

Australian circus outfit Acrobat came to prominence in the mid-1990s with an "anti-aesthetic" that stripped circus back to a raw form free from decoration and embellishment. The company is among our most sought-after on the international touring circuit, but co-founder Jo-Ann Lancaster sounds surprised when we begin our conversation. "You've actually heard of us?" By contrast, there are probably few Australians who haven't heard of Circus Oz. Th...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - The Age; Collaboration makes circus experience close-up and intimate

The Melba Spiegeltent - Leader; Circus Oz boutique production ‘within spitting distance’ of audience

9th December 2014

SEE stretched sinews, iron grips and maybe even catch a fleck of sweat when you’re Close to the Bone with Circus Oz. In a very rare and intimate “boutique” show — which has been done only three times since 2004 and sold out each time — the acclaimed Melbourne troupe pares back to 10 performers in the 100-year-old Melba Spiegeltent on their new Collingwood premises. “We are so close to the audience that we know that when you stand on...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - Leader;  Circus Oz boutique production ‘within spitting distance’ of audience

The Melba Spiegeltent - Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.; Circus Oz and Acrobat are cutting things Close To The Bone

8th December 2014

Circus Oz is a rock-n-roll, animal free circus. Celebrating breathtaking stunts, irreverent humour, cracking live music and an all human ensemble, Circus Oz promotes the best of the Australian spirit: generosity, diversity, death-defying bravery, and a fair go for all. Circus Oz returns to Melbourne this December, disembodying the ensemble from their large-scale touring production, to present an intimate two-week season of a new work Close to the...

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The Melba Spiegeltent - Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.; Circus Oz and Acrobat are cutting things Close To The Bone