Circa is invested in providing and creating opportunities for communities to access the artform of circus.
With initial outreach starting in 2013, the Circa Crush project began in 2015 as the result of a long stranding partnership with Creative Regions. The Circa Crush Project trains young people between eight – 18 years in circus performance skills culminating in a performance at the Crush Festival in October, along with offering workshops to children and open classes to the Bundaberg region.
A young performance troupe of six – 18 year olds has been developed through regular training and performance opportunities provided by Circa trainers and creatives in the Bundaberg, and when the Circa Ensemble delivered a main stage performance of Beyond at the Montrcreif theatre, it was preceeded by a curtain-raiser performance of the Circa Crush and Circa Zoo collaboration.
Owing to the generous support of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Circa Crush has run for three years, with the program set to conclude in October 2017. Circa is looking to establish a partnership with the Bundaberg PCYC that will see circus training offered year round as a sustainable artform in the region.
An initiative undertaken in 2016, Circa annually delivers a Studio Residencies program where three placements are given to artists and groups for weeklong residencies in our studio.
Artists and collectives looking to create new acts, looking for a space to work on a creative development, or redevelop and remount a work are invited to apply for positions, with the previous participants including a group of young and emerging artists, a dark clown and a group of independent mid-career artists.
Circa will continue to offer residencies again in 2018, committed to continually offering support and opportunities for artists in the circus community.
Committed to creating the next generation of circus artists, Circa Zoo is Circa’s extension performance program for talented young people. In following Circa’s ethos, Circa Zoo reimagines circus in its own way under the guidance of trainers and directors.
The Circa Zoo of young performers daring to create and deliver spectacular contemporary circus art through performance, with entry into Circa Zoo requiring an application and audition.
With an intake once every six months, Circa Zoo train three times a week in our Fortitude Valley Studio. Alumni of this program have gone on to further study and performance outcomes with notable circus organisations including Wilde Applause, National Institute of Circus Arts, Poncho Circus, and the Circa Ensemble.
Scenic Rim Workshops
In 2017 Circa began its partnership with Scenic Rim Regional Council in a project which brings circus workshops to Beaudesert, Boonah, and Mount Tambourine.
Each school holidays Circa sends trainers to engage with these local communities to bring circus to their areas through engaging in workshops that lead to a performance outcome.
This is an ongoing commitment to bringing circus to these areas, and in April 2018, the three towns will aim to come together and create an original, street-festival work to celebrate the community.
Starting to 2015, Circa has provided weekly training workshops at Yeronga State High School under the school’s Y-Connect Program.
Created as one class, participation has doubled in size since its conception, with the program focusing on skills development of circus, and performance devising. The program is free for students at the school, with many participants from recently arrived refugee backgrounds.
2017 is Circa’s third year of involvement in this program, with Griffith University are researching the initiative and evaluating the impacts of participating in arts and cultural programs in young people.