Circus Oz Sidesault at The Melba: Tumble Circus’ Unsuitable. Image supplied.
From the national youth company, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, to established companies like Circus Oz, Circa, and Gravity and Other Myths, Australia’s contemporary circus sector is thriving and successful.
Artistic innovation and experimentation, however, are being held back by a number of factors, including a lack of funding and the limited opportunities in Australia for touring and presenting risk-taking circus works. As Antonella Casella, Senior Artistic Associate at Circus Oz explained in a recent ArtsHub feature, the bulk of circus work in Australia is unfunded and relegated to the Fringe Festival circuit.