Circus Showcase 2010: Solo and duo performances by NICA's graduating artists

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) presents
Catch performances by NICA's graduating artists before they explode onto the world stage!

NICA National Circus Centre
Green Street, Prahran
Evenings: 1,2,3,4,8,10,11 Dec @ 7.30pm
School Matinees: 3,9 Dec @1.30pm
Saturday Matinees: 4,11 Dec @ 1.30pm
Tickets: Adults $27 |Concession $22 | Child <16 $18 | Family $72

Champagne Circus Showcase, 9 Dec | $75
Enquiries: NICA (03) 9214 6975
Circus on the Edge!

The annual Circus Showcase season at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Prahran is always a sizzling entertainment event and a rare opportunity for the public to catch its first glimpse of the circus stars of tomorrow.

From December 1 to 11, graduating artists from NICA, Australia’s premier circus school, will ignite the stage with dazzling performances of passion and awe, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Armed with courage, strength, beauty, grace and split-second precision, nineteen artists will make their farewell appearance at NICA in a show which invites the audience to re-imagine the circus artform. Their signature acts have been developed over three years of intensive circus training and study as part of Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts course.

Among the highlights are a cloudswing performance depicting a moth swinging dangerously close to the object of his desire, frenetic human foot-juggling by a Dick Tracy detective duo, and an adagio routine with a comic twist starring Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

Directed by Megan Jones (Ariel’s Dream, 2009 Circus Showcase), 2010 Circus Showcase is a daring blend of solo and duo acts by the country’s finest up-andcoming circus stars, and range from the exquisitely beautiful and poignant to the explosive, heart-stopping and hilarious.

Says Jones, “In 2010 Circus Showcase we are seeking to stretch the membrane between reality and fantasy, as high octane circus artists unlock the human mysteries of desire, memory and dreams. My hope with this show is to present our audiences with an unforgettable experience of ‘circus on the edge’ and I think the passion and talent of these artists has truly made this a possibility.”

Once again NICA artists test the limits of physical strength and endurance and present jaw-dropping feats of sublime beauty.

And if you consider yourself a keen NICA supporter, the Champagne Circus Showcase fundraising event will be held on December 9. Included in the package price of $75 per person is a glittering evening of spectacular circus, complimentary champagne and a chance to meet and mingle with the artists after the show. Proceeds from this special event will support events and activities planned for NICA's 10th birthday in 2011.

Tickets for 2010 Circus Showcase are now on sale at

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is Australia’s Centre of Excellence in contemporary circus.

NICA is a national not-for-profit arts training institution auspiced by Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne who accredit NICA’s academic and training programs.

As the only training institution of its kind in Australia, NICA provides professional training through a three year Bachelor of Circus Arts. Other courses include the Certificate III & IV in Circus Arts and a range of recreational short courses.

Since 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.
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