Circus gets serious

The Victorian circus sector presented a united front on Friday at the first of a series of national meetings organised by ACAPTA.

Image: Flying Fruit Fly graduate class 2013. Photo by Ben Simpson.

Victoria’s circus artists and organisations dispelled any rumours that their sector was not a united one on Friday, at the first of a series of industry events organised by the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association (ACAPTA).

Held at the Abbotsford Convent, the sector meeting was attended by approximately 60 people, including representatives of the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA); Australia’s national youth company, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus; Circus Oz; Westside Circus; the Women’s Circus, and a number of independent artists.

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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