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Harley Mann

Creative Lead

Harley Mann, is a Wakka Wakka man from Queensland, he grew up on Gadigal country NSW. Drawing on his own Aboriginal heritage as inspiration Harley founded Na Djinang Circus in 2017. Harley has since worked with some of Australia’s leading contemporary circus companies including Circa, Circuz Oz and Casus.

Under Harley’s guidance, Na Djinangs highly successful work Common Dissonance was nominated for a Green Room award for Best Circus. In 2021 Na Djinang premiered a sold-out season of Arterial as part of the Yirramboi Festival.

Harley was also honoured with the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Emerging Circus Artist. He was also chosen as the youth representative for the 2018 circus talk as part of the Sydney Festival. He is a current member of the CaPT Advisory board for circus and was recently a recipient of the Circus Oz Fellowship program 2021.

Harley is ensuring that he upskills while he tours, creates, and develops what he hopes is a significant contribution to Australia’s circus industry.

Ally Humphris

Circa Cairns Ensemble Member

Ally is a proud Wakka Wakka woman with a strong commitment and connection to her Aboriginal culture. Ally has studied dance and fitness with professional experience as a circus performer. Ally joined the BlakFlip program at Circus Oz in 2013, which led her to be in the 2014 production of Corked Up. In 2017, as part of BlakFlip, she had the honour of being in the cast of Chasing Smoke, which continued with Casus.

Ally showcases her skills through power tumbling, acrobatics and movement and continues to perform with Circa Cairns. Skills – Tumbling, acrobatics and movement.

Jillibalu Riley

Circa Cairns Ensemble Member

Jillibalu Riley spent his childhood between Cairns and Kuranda doing flips with his cousins and nephews and busking with local boys, performing Djabugay dances for the tourists (spoiling themselves afterwards with sweets and hot chips). He has been performing professionally since 2010, graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2015 and toured with Djuki Mala before joining Circus Oz in 2019. Late 2022 Jillibalu joined Circa Cairns to develop his circus career further.

Crystal Stacey

Circa Cairns Ensemble Member

Crystal Stacey, Homegrown in Northwest Kimberley, at the age of 10 fell in love with the local Sandfly Circus. Officially a circus runaway at age 16, she moved across the country to Study at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus school for three years. After joining two insect-themed circuses, Crystal spread her wings and toured with the production of ‘Hot Brown Honey’. Most known for her specialises of Hula hoop and Aerial slings Crystal has performed Australia-wide and abroad in the UK, Canada, USA, Scandinavia, and Asia. Crystal is driven to share stories, collaborate and connect with people through circus. Expanding the home she found under the big top.

Circa Cairns Staff

Circa Cairns – Creative Lead

Harley Mann

Circa Cairns – Creative Producer

Rebecca Youdell

Circa Cairns – Company Manager

Baeley Dear

Circa is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) on the lands of the Jagera and Turrbal people. We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the many lands on which we create and perform. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
Always was. Always will be.