Your circus abilities start here. Circability is a program specially designed by and for those who identify as living with disability. It caters to most levels of physical and intellectual capacity. With low class numbers, specialised trainers and tailored programs, it is a great way to learn new skills, get fit and make new friends. Sessions include ground acrobatics, circus-based improvisation and performance making, object manipulation with hoops, balls, scarves and much more.
Circability is open to anyone aged 14 or older who identifies as having a disability plus their carers or companions. No experience needed – just a desire to try something new.
We also cater to schools and groups. For more information about group programs, contact us here.
Thanks to our generous supporters, we can keep costs low to ensure everyone can access the program. Programs may be eligible for NDIS funding.
Register now and get ready to have your world turned upside-down.
“I may not be able to do everything, but I’ll give anything a crack.”
– Laura Soloman, Circability Participant 2020
4 October – 29 November, Wednesday 10.30am – 12.00pm, 9 sessions, $450 at The Brisbane Circus Centre
6 October – 1 December, Friday 9.00 – 10.30am, 9 sessions, $450 at The Brisbane Circus Centre
Brisbane Circus Centre – 221 MacArthur Ave (Corner of Bincote Street and MacArthur Ave), Hamilton QLD 4007
There is available on street parking and passenger drop off in front of the building. There have 2 disabled car parking spaces available, accessed via Bincote Street opposite the Maritime Green Hangar. The 2 disabled parking spaces are approx 100m from the building. The whole distance has a smooth footpath with a ramp to access the building. The footpath is 2000mm wide at its narrowest width.
There is also have an accessible drop off zone. The drop off zone is located directly beside the building, approx 50m from the building. The whole distance has a smooth footpath with a ramp to access our building. The footpath is 2000mm wide at its narrowest width. The footpath is all at a slight incline and acts as a ramp into the building.
The interior of the venue is one large open space with some additional spaces located inside shipping containers, specifically the box office/reception/office, and toilets. The reception area is immediately on the left as you enter. The interior of the building is all flat floor with no steps. Half of the space (Studio) is semi sprung wooden floor, the other half of the space (Training Floor) is sealed concrete. There is approx a 3mm difference between the levels of the floor. There are no stairs inside the building. To access our outdoor space/lawn, there is a single step approx 150mm down to the backyard. There currently is no ramp in place.
All the bathrooms are gender neutral, and there are 3x ambulant toilets and 1x wheelchair accessible toilet.
Judith Wright Arts Centre – 420 Brunswick St & Cnr, Berwick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Judith Wright Arts Centre is a wheelchair accessible venue. Lifts and accessible toilets, equipped with baby-changing facilities are available to use on all levels.
The Performance Space at Judith Wright Arts Centre has a hearing augmentation system.
Parking for Judith Wright Arts Centre is located at 388 Secure Parking Brunswick St. There is restricted lift and ramp access at this car park. There is also limited free on-street parking on Berwick St and Robertson St.
Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I USE FUNDS FROM MY NDIS PLAN?
Circa is not a registered NDIS service provider. You can still access our services using funds from your NDIS Plan. You will need to have a Plan Manager or be Self Managing your Plan. If you are Agency Managed through the NDIS Portal, please contact us for alternative arrangements once you have completed your booking
ARE THERE ANY TERMS AND CONDITIONS?
Circa has a no refund policy and bookings are non-transferable. Bookings are essential and are subject to availability. View our full terms and conditions at checkout.
WHAT COVID SAFE MEASURES ARE IN PLACE?
WHAT TO WEAR?
Please wear comfortable, form-fitting clothing that you can move around in (i.e. shorts, exercise clothes, track pants, singlet or t-shirt). No overly loose clothing that we will go over your head when you go upside down. We ask that you remove all jewellery before class begins. We recommend pants that cover the knees and to bring along a long-sleeved shirt. It is preferred that you work without shoes and socks in the studio.
There will be a place for all bags to the side of the studio.
Please bring a drink bottle with you – we have a kitchenette where you can refill it. A towel is recommended during the warm seasons. Food is not permitted in the studio. Chewing of gum is not permitted during class.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
At the start of session, all participants and facilitators will begin with a check-in circle, introducing ourselves, exploring the interests of the group and talking about what we will be learning and creating.
You will notice underfoot the floor is soft (acrobatic mat/tumble run) with a smooth finish (dance floor), this is for maximum comfort when rolling, tumbling and moving in circus ways.
Before any physical activity we will always do a warm-up and stretch to prepare our bodies for circus training and for injury prevention.
Over the four week program you will have the opportunity to try out a range of different circus forms. Some of these may include object manipulation (juggling, hula-hooping, spinning plates), acrobatics (handstand progressions, tumbling movement and partner acro-balance) and aerials (hammock, lyra, silks, trapeze).
Alongside these technical skills you will also be exploring your creativity and how these forms can express meaning.
Circability is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services