Pushing the boundaries of circus

Sidesault is about taking risks, leaping off the edge and creating a hub for innovation. Whether it is opening up circus as a form of expression for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, or bringing an eclectic group of small companies together to make new work, our Sidesault Program is supporting and inspiring a new generation of circus artists and new circus works which extend the boundaries of what circus can do, and building the Circus Oz home base as an international hub for innovation and development in the circus arts.

Since we moved to our Collingwood home in 2014 we have provided approximately 2,500 hours of access per year to purpose built circus facilities for over 120 independent artists and members of small companies to train and develop new work. These incredible, innovative artists have pushed the boundaries of the artform and developed award-winning shows such as:

  • Perhaps There Is Hope - Company Here and Now
  • ANIMAL – Influx Theatre,
  • My Life in Boxes - Gravity Dolls,
  • Entropy – TEOC,
  • Peter and Bambi Heaven – Asher Trevealen and Gypsy Wood
  • Knee Deep - Casus
  • Left - Long Answers to Simple Questions
  • No Punchline – Sara Pheasant and co.,

Plus international residencies for TRASHED – Emma Serjeant and the Chicago’s Winifred Haun & Dancers, and the Tarn Scully Pole Choreography Research Project (UK/AUS). We also provided regular access to our company in residence, Dislocate, for their many shows and tours, including the ongoing development of their acclaimed show, If These Walls Could Talk.

Since 2014, we have also regularly hosted the Melbourne Juggling Convention and more recently, the Australian Hula Hoop Convention, and in 2017 we hosted the inaugural Gravity Dolls Aerials Arts Festival. In hosting these conventions and events, we are able to support the circus sector to bring international master trainers to Australia, and to provide training and performance opportunities for participants and teachers.

In 2017 we launched two new programs within Sidesault: Sidesault-in-Residence, and Sidesault-at-the-Melba

Other Programs

In addition to these Sidesault programs, we have also continued to provide our ongoing artist development programs, which have included premiering new work at the Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival, and performing as part of the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts:
Strong Women

The Fibonacci Project Australia

In addition to all our Sidesault development projects, Circus Oz is currently developing a major new work in collaboration with the Canadian Contemporary Circus, The 7 Fingers, and local independent company, Emma Serjeant Performance. The Fibonacci Project Australia is an intercultural exploration of identity and community featuring diverse circus artists and musicians, including First Nations artists from both Australia and Canada. It is part of a suite of international Fibonacci projects led by Sept Doigts’ Samuel Tetreault. In February 2019 we will hold a creative development for this important work, which we hope to premiere in 2019.