Circa expands into Cairns with new First Nations ensemble

The Brisbane-based circus company is expanding from Meanjin to the Gimuy Walabura Yidinii, Yirrganydji Country, with a new, First Nations-led ensemble.
Three circus artists practice a balancing routine in a dark studio.

Contemporary circus company Circa has announced its expansion into northern Queensland with a First Nations-led ensemble.

Circa Cairns, based on Yirrganydji Country, will be led creatively by Waka Waka man Harley Mann, the founder and artistic custodian of Na Djinang Circus.

The new ensemble currently comprises Mann and two other First Nations artists, Ally Humphris and Crystal Stacey, together with well-known Cairns arts leader Rebecca Youdell in the role of Creative Producer.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts