Outreach on the Road
Since we began back in 1978, Circus Oz has been to 28 countries and 206 cities all over the world! We are committed to share the joy of Circus Oz and tour nationally, regionally, remotely and internationally each year.
In 2017, we visted 18 locations around Australia and across the globe to Xuzhou, China and 4 stops in the U.S.A.
When on tour we engage with our audiences and offer circus workshope when and where we can.
Our all-abilities programs empower young people and adults to participate in the circus arts, utilising a mix of skills and imagination to build self-confidence, strength and happy, healthy bodies.
The bulk of workshops on tour focus on younger people - often children who come from challenging social or economic backgrounds - making them feel happy, connected and inspired by participating in circus activities.
Circus is fun and collaborative, rather than competitive, and out experience shows the discipline necessary to develop skills has postive impacts on our participants' lives.
A 2013 Regional Arts Australia study reported over 85% of respondents believed that the arts play a vital role in community wellbeing. However, this survey also showed that 95% of respondents agreed there were barriers to engaging in the arts in regional areas. This tour will provide the opportunity for diverse cultural communities to come together through the highly accessible artform of circus.
Tin Top Tour
In November 2017, Circus Oz heads off on a three-week tour of the South-Eastern regional areas of Victoria, which includes a weeklong stay in Colac, Apollo Bay and Lavers Hill. This project enables communities in regional areas of Victoria without access to a performing arts centre to experience the spectacle of a show of scale. We will host a community performance of the Circus Oz show in each location we visit.
In 2017, we will visit the towns of:
- Apollo Bay
- Lavers Hill
In additiona to the community performance we conducted participatory circus skills workshops for younger people held at local schools. In a creative safe place the participants focused on improving physical strength, balance and coordination, increasing their mental resilience and confidence, learning new skills and building trust with others.
In 2016 we visited the North-Western regional towns of Boort, Warracknabeal and Sea Lake.
This tour is proudly supported by Creative Victoria, Gandel Philanthropy and Merrin Foundation.
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 May 2017, the Circus Oz ensemble made an official stop in Cherbourg, the third largest Aboriginal populated community in Queensland. Located 250km north west of Brisbane, we performed an adpated show of Model Citizens in the school's gymnasium. Eighty (80) school children also got to participate in circus skills workshops led by the Circus Oz performers and try their hand at skills such as juggling, acro-balance, hula hooping and tumbling.
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.
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 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.
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.