Shaking the snow globe: Exit interview with Circus Oz’s Rob Tannion

Tannion reflects on his three years at the company, which saw the introduction of new operating models, new collaborations, and a portfolio of several smaller shows.

Rob Tannion has left Circus Oz to work with Cirque du Soleil. Photo credit: Jessica Jeanfield.

After three years as Artistic Director and co-CEO of Circus Oz, Rob Tannion has moved on to a new role with Canadian circus juggernaut, Cirque du Soleil. Speaking with ArtsHub in late June, as he was preparing to depart from Circus Oz’s Collingwood headquarters, Tannion said he was extremely satisfied with what he had achieved during his time with the company.

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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