Circus Oz: Aurora 

Circus Oz Aurora - photo by Rob BlackburnFuelled by curiosity and wonder, blasting audiences into the outer stratosphere, Circus Oz returns to Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens this Spring under the Big Top, to premiere their latest creation, Aurora.

Directed by Circus Oz Artistic Facilitator, Kate Fryer with creative input from outgoing Circus Oz Artistic Director, Rob Tannion, Aurora will be a collision of amazing artistic elements, including jaw-dropping acrobatics, stunning visual projections and harmonically rich soundscapes.

The outrageously talented Circus Oz acrobats have never been afraid of heights, but in Aurora they’ll be pushed beyond their earthly limits as they leap into the stratosphere of unlimited possibilities.

An exhilarating and awe-inspiring 70-minute spectacular inside the intimate Circus Oz Big Top, Aurora will blend a feast of aerial delights: flying, swinging, straps and the Washington trapeze where aerialists perform various headstand skills on the bar.

From impossibly intricate foot-juggling to hair-raising balances, breathtaking hula hoops, Chinese pole with a twist and absurd physical comedy, Aurora is kept rocketing along by the original live music of the Circus Oz band as the ensemble tie themselves in knots with the greatest of ease.

Fryer said that Aurora is an enchanting and visual offering that will transform the stunning Circus Oz Big Top. “Spectators will be blown away by the physical skills of the acrobats as we poke fun at our absurdities, realign our wrong doings and aspire to reach new heights,” she said.

“Our ensemble will transport you to another world as we draw on the pristine beauty of the elements, exploring what was, what is and what could be,” added Fryer.

Director: Kate Fryer Featuring: Sam Aldham, Matty Brown, Jeremy Hopkins (musician), Adam Malone, Selene Messinis (musician), Jillibalu Riley, Karina Schiller, Tara Silcock, Josie Wardrope Associate Director: Geoffrey Dunstan Creative Collaborator: Rob Tannion Musical Director: Jeremy Hopkins Costume Designer: Harriet Oxley Production Designer: Michael Baxter Projection Designer: Rhian Hinkley Lighting Designer: Jenny Hector Rigging Designer: Tim Coldwell


Circus Oz: Aurora
Southern Cross Lawn – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne (enter via Observatory Gate – Birdwood Avenue)
Season: 18 September – 6 October 2019
Information and Bookings: www.circusoz.com

Image: Circus Oz presents Aurora – photo by Rob Blackburn

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