News & Reviews

The Melba Spiegeltent - The Age; Collaboration makes circus experience close-up and intimate

12th December 2014

Australian circus outfit Acrobat came to prominence in the mid-1990s with an "anti-aesthetic" that stripped circus back to a raw form free from decoration and embellishment. The company is among our most sought-after on the international touring circuit, but co-founder Jo-Ann Lancaster sounds surprised when we begin our conversation. "You've actually heard of us?" By contrast, there are probably few Australians who haven't heard of Circus Oz. Th...

View

The Melba Spiegeltent - The Age; Collaboration makes circus experience close-up and intimate

The Melba Spiegeltent - Leader; Circus Oz boutique production ‘within spitting distance’ of audience

9th December 2014

SEE stretched sinews, iron grips and maybe even catch a fleck of sweat when you’re Close to the Bone with Circus Oz. In a very rare and intimate “boutique” show — which has been done only three times since 2004 and sold out each time — the acclaimed Melbourne troupe pares back to 10 performers in the 100-year-old Melba Spiegeltent on their new Collingwood premises. “We are so close to the audience that we know that when you stand on...

View

The Melba Spiegeltent - Leader;  Circus Oz boutique production ‘within spitting distance’ of audience

The Melba Spiegeltent - Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.; Circus Oz and Acrobat are cutting things Close To The Bone

8th December 2014

Circus Oz is a rock-n-roll, animal free circus. Celebrating breathtaking stunts, irreverent humour, cracking live music and an all human ensemble, Circus Oz promotes the best of the Australian spirit: generosity, diversity, death-defying bravery, and a fair go for all. Circus Oz returns to Melbourne this December, disembodying the ensemble from their large-scale touring production, to present an intimate two-week season of a new work Close to the...

View

The Melba Spiegeltent - Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.; Circus Oz and Acrobat are cutting things Close To The Bone

The Melba Spiegeltent - Pop Culture-Y; Circus Oz’s ‘Close to the Bone': “Book now or regret it forever!”

8th December 2014

Ah, the circus. The lions jumping through flaming hoops, the jolly clowns, the giant colourful tent, the one dollar entry fee…oh wait, this isn’t Victorian London. But circuses are still alive and kicking, especially Circus Oz. Circuses have moved away from that particular ideal, and Circus Oz has been at the forefront of that innovation. One example is their upcoming show Close to the Bone, an intimate, provocative, limited season of their ...

View

The Melba Spiegeltent - Pop Culture-Y; Circus Oz’s ‘Close to the Bone': “Book now or regret it forever!”

The Melba Spiegeltent - Herald Sun; Circus takes a stand

7th December 2014

CIRCUS Oz is having a surreal kind of experience. The highly nomadic artists have stopped moving and, for the first time, they will create, rehearse and perform a show all in one place for a hometown crowd only. They’ll also be venturing into new circus territory with Close to the Bone, a show that deconstructs the company’s large-scale productions for the big-top and zooms in on raw skills. Gone too is the family-friendly vibe and trademar...

View

The Melba Spiegeltent - Herald Sun; Circus takes a stand

Circus Oz were a finalist in the 2014 Cityswitch Awards

3rd December 2014

Circus Oz are excited to announce that we were a finalist for the Partnership of the Year award for our partnership with Lovell Chen who helped us create our new home in Collingwood. The Partnership Award recognises not only projects that relate directly to energy efficiency within a tenancy but to new collaborations and partnerships that deliver over and above business as usual to break down market barriers and create transformation of signator...

View

Circus Oz were a finalist in the 2014 Cityswitch Awards