From its beginning Circus Oz has been visibly and vocally committed to the cause of land rights and reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples, both as an organisation and through our work.
Circus Oz is actively seeking out the incredible pools of talent in Indigenous dance, theatre, comedy, visual art and music to enrich the contemporary circus art form. There are powerful connections between the irreverent humor and physicality of both the circus and Indigenous communities, and the Circus Oz BLAKflip Program intends to bring these together.
Circus Oz is keen to work with members of Australian's highly talented Indigenous performers. By showcasing the immense creativity of Indigenous artists and strengthening the artistic diversity of the performing ensemble, the Circus Oz show will continue to be unique and, importantly, more representative of Australia (home to the world's oldest living culture) and its many stories.
To enquire about future opportunities, please contact Davey on email@example.com
BLAKflip and Beyond
Over the past five years we have been busy solidifying our new Indigenous Program, BLAKflip and Beyond. This is a broad strategy intended to build stronger connections, influence and collaboration with the First Peoples of this land.
It informs our attitudes and outlook, building staff awareness and understanding of Aboriginal culture across all levels of the organization, translating through to how we approach our work and operate on a day-to-day basis.
Over the past five years the BLAKflip program has provided a pathway for talented Indigenous performers to be identified, mentored and supported as potential members of the Circus Oz ensemble. This highly successful program, has so far resulted in 42 participants in the annual masterclasses, with three being cast into the performing ensemble presenting a truly Australian ensemble in Circus Oz. In November 2014 we celebrated BLAKflip with a performance outcome Corked Up. Performed over three nights in the Melba Spiegeltent, this was arguably the first Indigenous Australian, adult circus show, and was directed by Josh Bond and Derek Ives.
Since the premiere of Corked Up in 2014, BLAKflip has expanded thanks to the help of other Australian circus companies including NICA and Circa. We’re looking forward to where 2017 takes us!
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