Circus and politics: a very Australian mix

We may think of politically-oriented circus productions as a recent development, but they can be traced back to the late 19th century.

Circus Oz’s But Wait…There’s More! Photo by Rob Blackburn.

Australian circus is in demand. Contemporary circus and circus-infused physical theatre are amongst our most innovative and sought after cultural exports.

Internationally touring companies such as Circa, Strange Fruit, Stalker, and Legs on the Wall have evolved a uniquely Australian blend of circus, physical theatre, and visual language, that is recognised as a particular strength of Australia’s cultural market.

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Gillian Arrighi
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Gillian Arrighi is Senior Lecturer in Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Newcastle.