From its beginning Circus Oz has been visibly and vocally committed to the cause of land rights and reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples, both as an organisation and through our work.

BLAKflip Masterclass

For one week, ten deadly, emerging, First Nations artists from across Australia will come together to hone their skills and share their infectious humour under the guidance of highly skilled Circus Oz trainers. To enquire about future opportunities, please contact Antonella Casella at

Who can apply

BLAKflip is open to applicants aged 17 and up who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Applications are open to artists from a broad range of artistic backgrounds who show excellence in their chosen field and an interest in pursuing a career in contemporary circus.

Accommodation, travel and allowances will be provided where required. Circus Oz BLAKflip will endeavour to provide the appropriate personal and cultural support for participants. Ideally, applications will include a current artistic resume and headshot. Links to footage or showreels are also accepted.

BLAKflip and Beyond

BLAKflip and Beyond is a broad strategy intended to build stronger connections, influence and collaboration with the First Peoples of this land.

It informs our attitudes and outlook, building staff awareness and understanding of Aboriginal culture across all levels of the organization, translating through to how we approach our work and operate on a day-to-day basis.

Since 2011 the BLAKflip program has provided a pathway for talented Indigenous performers to be identified, mentored and supported as potential members of the Circus Oz ensemble. This highly successful program, has so far resulted in 54 participants in the annual masterclasses, with three being cast into the performing ensemble presenting a truly Australian ensemble in Circus Oz.

In November 2014 we celebrated BLAKflip with a performance outcome Corked Up. Performed over three nights in the Melba Spiegeltent, this was arguably the first Indigenous Australian, adult circus show, and was directed by Josh Bond and Derek Ives. In 2017 we presented our second performance outcome Chasing Smoke, to full houses and standing ovations at Yirramboi Festival.


Chasing Smoke

In 2017 Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival presented the second performance outcome for BLAKflip.

The spark that ignites the question “Who am I?” flickers inside us, but only some have the courage to pursue the answer. Chasing Smoke is a unique glimpse into the world’s oldest living culture told through the limitless artform of contemporary circus. Tumbling through life while juggling our responsibilities in an age where culture, tradition, land and identity are under threat, these performers will capture your imagination as they paint the world that was, that is, and that could be.

Directed by Samoan-Australian director Natano Fa’anana (Polytoxic, Briefs, Casus Circus) an unconventional storyteller who chooses to learn from individuals rather than institutions, the premier of Chasing Smoke will not only challenge, amaze and entertain you, but also showcases the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander circus legends.

For presenting and touring enquiries please contact Cluster Arts.


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