Circus Oz Goes Bush
We have been doing gigs and workshops in Australian Indigenous communities since 1985, from Arnhem Land to the Central Desert, from Palm Island to the Pilbara.
We perform in local halls or on an outdoor rig under the vast Australian sky, and teach classes to the local kids who blow us away with amazing tricks of their own.
In 2013, with your support we got to visit five communities in Arnhem Land. This tour took the show and its workshop program to 3,000 people.
In 2014, we took a quick hop, skip and jump over to Palm Island while on our national tour. We had a full day of circus workshops and many of the local community members, kids young and old got involved. We also set up under our great southern sky and performed our Circus Oz production, But Wait…There’s More. Our only wish was we wanted to stay for longer.
During our 2015 regional tour our Ensemble visited Kempsey in northern NSW. In collaboration with Kempsey Red Cross branch and Kempsey Shire council we delivered a 2-hour workshop predominantly for Indigenous youth. After trying out a range of skills, including juggling, tumbling and hula-hooping, the kids got to attend the But Wait…There’s More performance at Port Macquarie and see our Ensemble up on stage. We returned to Kempsey in early March 2016 and continued the next stage of the program, which included past Circus Oz performer, Ghenoa Gela who delivered a circus-dance program.
In August 2016, while on our national tour, Circus Oz was able to stop in on Northern Territory community of Ti Tree, which is two hours north of Alice Springs. We were lucky enough to have the whole day there delivering circus workshops to twenty-five local school kids. The kids enjoyed learning skills such as hula-hooping, mini tramp, tumbling, juggling and acro-balance along with music skills such as drumming and body percussion. The performers were also able to put on a small performance for them.
Circus Oz Goes Bush is all about making it happen – in more remote places and more often.