The Circus Oz Living Archive is a living, breathing, work-in-progress video archive built upon the Circus Oz collection of performance documentation, dating back to 1978. You can search for particular acts, shows and people or you can pick a show at random and be surprised! By building a collection of your favourites acts you can make your own 'best of' show or highlights package of that performer you have always loved.
You can also play a part in the documentation of our history by sharing your stories about being in the audience for a particular show, by telling us about your favourite acts and sharing that unusual encounter you had in the front of house tent!
So jump on and find that act that you saw when you were ten and have never forgotten; discover how many different Circus Oz juggling acts there have been over 35 years and share your stories about Circus Oz!
The Living Archive project has been developed in collaboration with RMIT University, the Australian Research Council, La Trobe University, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust (Performing Arts Collection). The Australian Research Council and the Australia Council have funded the project.
This project is important as it protects our video footage from further deterioration and provides an opportunity to share our history with a wider audience. The Living Archive enables people to add their own stories and anecdotes to the videos. In this way we hope to build a rich, multi-layered, many-voiced history of our iconic Australian company.
The Living Archive will enable audiences to connect with us in new ways, drive innovation in our repertoire development and is important in making our history available to performance studies and circus scholars.