Pushing the boundaries of circus
Sidesault is about taking risks, leaping off the edge and creating a hub for innovation. Whether it is opening up circus as a form of expression for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, or bringing an eclectic group of small companies together to make new work, our Sidesault Program is supporting and inspiring a new generation of circus artists.
By providing access to our purpose built circus facilities, Sidesault has supported over 120 independent artists and members of small companies to train and develop new work. These incredible, innovative artists have pushed the boundaries of the artform and developed award-winning shows such as Perhaps There Is Hope - Company Here and Now, Undertone - Avan Whaite and co, Knee Deep - Casus, Left - Long Answers to Simple Questions, My Life in Boxes - Gravity Dolls and No Punchline - Sara Pheasant and co.
We are also hosting The Fair Ground Project, a unique and outstanding opportunity to make circus more inclusive. It interrogates how the circus arts can transform perceptions of disability and how disability can transform the practice, equipment, and presentation of circus and physical theatre with the intent to make really great new work that focuses on the artists and not on their disability.
Sidesault at the Melba EOI
The Melba is seeking expressions of interest from independent artists and small to medium companies who would like to be a part of the first Circus festival of innovative and experimental work at The Melba Spiegeltent, Sidesault at the Melba.