Circus Nexus’ Board members and staff unanimously agree that connection is community and feel the new brand better reflects the organisation’s place as a central hub of Melbourne’s circus community.
“For over 25 years, Westside Circus taught us that circus brings communities together in a space where social, economic and cultural labels disappear to allow room for empowerment, education and entertainment,” says Circus Nexus CEO, Jeremy Davies.
“We are prepared to be Melbourne’s connection to circus and want to support every body of all ages and abilities in their journey to explore, develop and collaborate their unique passion for the circus arts.”
In 1996 Westside Circus was founded by arts leader, cultural facilitator and social entrepreneur, Debby Maziarz and became influential in Melbourne’s thriving circus arts industry by offering unique opportunities for the community to engage with the circus arts.
Now, under Davies’ leadership, Circus Nexus will further the artistic, public and outreach programs, suitable for ages 3 to adult, by interlinking them.
“Whether an individual starts in one of our outreach programs or youth classes we will facilitate that person’s unique circus journey from beginning to end. We will show people that a career in the circus arts is possible and a value to society,” explains Davies.
As part of its commitment to supporting professional circus artists, including 20+ employed professional circus artists who lead the youth and adult classes and outreach programs, Circus Nexus will continue its Incubator program, offering new circus works rehearsal and performance space at subsidised rates.
A great place for people to start their circus journey with Circus Nexus is by visiting their website – which offers a first of its kind opportunity for visitors to explore the facility from the comfort of home through its exciting interactive VR interface.
Users can click and explore across the virtual studio space to view information about the organisation’s history, meet the professional coaches and learn cool circus tricks from how-to videos.
With a bright future ahead, Circus Nexus and its community look forward to sharing the joy of circus with the wider arts community. For more information, visit: www.circusnexus.com.au for details.
Image: For folks of all types and stripes – courtesy of Circus Nexus