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Circus Oz Big Top heads to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to unravel the ministry of nature

9th May 2018

Creating chaos when the natural balance is tipped over

In their 40th year, Circus Oz tumbles back home to Melbourne to premiere their new show, Precarious, under the heated
Circus Oz Big Top. Across the winter school holidays the tent will be nestled within the trees of the Royal Botanic Gardens
Victoria with three weeks of shows from 26 June – 15 July 2018.

Inspired by the garden surrounds, Precarious is a 70-minute non-stop spectacle of acrobatic mayhem for audiences of all
ages. The Circus Oz ensemble will unearth innovative circus acts to create an exciting three-dimensional world that
examines the fragility that exists between humanity and nature.

The outstanding skills and talents of the Circus Oz ensemble will include extraordinary foot juggling, jaw-dropping aerial
rope and tippy ring, mesmerising roué cyr, Chinese pole and hula hoop – all hilariously woven together with original music
from the live Circus Oz band.

Circus Oz Artistic Director, Rob Tannion, joins forces with independent director, Kate Fryer, to craft Precarious and create
the mayhem that is the ministry of nature – an absurd lo-fi bureaucracy filled with phenomenal acrobatics, spectacular
aerials, live music and physical comedy.

Brought together by their shared love of storytelling in recognisable, yet surreal worlds, Tannion and Fryer will continue
to push circus innovation, extending expectations of circus skill and apparatus through collaboration with the Circus Oz
ensemble, musicians and production team.

The Precarious Co-Directors explain, “We are in precarious times environmentally. How much more can our ecosystem
take? Are we approaching the tipping point? Can humanity restore the natural balance before it is too late?”

Tim Entwisle, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Director and Chief Executive, comments, “We are delighted to be partnering
with Circus Oz’s show Precarious. The show’s nature theme perfectly complements the new location. We look forward to
welcoming its audience to the Gardens, and we hope to foster a strong, ongoing relationship together.”


Precarious artistic team
Rob Tannion and Kate Fryer (Co-Direction), Laurel Frank (Circus Oz Founder and Costume Design), Michael Baxter
(Production Design), Maddy Seach (Lighting Design), Jeremy Hopkins (Musical Direction), Andrew Dyson (Rigger), Tim
Coldwell (Circus Oz Founder and Senior Circus Artist) and Cath Carmody (Stage Manager).

Precarious creative collaborating artists
Dylan Singh, Emily Gare, Jake Silvestro, Jeremy Hopkins (musician), Jon Bonaventura, Lachlan Sukroo, Sophia Exiner
(musician), Tania Cervantes Chamorra and Tara Silcock .

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