Circus Showcase 2009: Circus start of tomorrow step into the spotlight

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) presents

The best on show 3 – 12 December 2009

Graduating students from the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) step into the spotlight to perform their finely-honed solo acts that are a culmination of three years of intensive circus training and tertiary study.

Three years ago they were just fifteen spritely and peculiarly bendy young people. In December they will emerge as the next generation of NICA’s Bachelor of Circus Arts graduates and tomorrow’s most exciting circus stars.

CIRCUS SHOWCASE 2009 will transform the state-of-the-art NICA National Circus Centre into a decadent carnivalesque world that invites the audience to get up close and personal with the performers in the intimate Spiegeltent-style setting.

Experience entertaining, high-energy circus that features acrobatics and hand balancing, dance trapeze, ladder juggling, contortion and the most dazzling hula acts in town. Highlights include the award-winning rope and tissu act by Julian Aldag and Billie Wison-Coffey who earned a Bronze trophy at the prestigious 4th World Festival of Circus Art in Moscow last week.

Jessica Ward’s sassy combination of elegant contortion with hand balance is a tantalizing act that is a little bit sweet but oh so sour. The ‘Circus Firemen’, Joshua Philips and Idris Stanton take fire juggling to its comical extreme atop dangerous balancing ladders. Caz Walsh and Hannah Cryle horse around as two young fillies, striving to out-manoeuvre the competition with their comical and slightly absurd double trapeze act.

NICA is Australia’s only centre of excellence for professional training in contemporary circus arts and physical theatre and has established itself across Australia and internationally as a leader in professional circus training.

Since the course began in 2001 graduates have gone on to work for Circus Oz, Cirque du Soleil, Tokyo Disney, Cavalia, Circa, Spiegeltent, La Clique and Silvers Circus, as well as forming new innovative circus companies.

NICA Director & CEO Pamela Creed says “CIRCUS SHOWCASE 2009 is a great opportunity to witness the talents of this years’ graduating students performing acts they have devised themselves. Their fresh interpretation of “circus” combines outstanding technique and creativity in a visually stunning performance that is captivating and mesmerising.”

The future of circus in Australia is looking very bright and is here now. Come and be dazzled!”

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