NICA and Nanjing Artists join forces to collaborate on a new circus work

MEDIA RELEASE – Wednesday March 16 2011

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) presents
Beautifully Imperfect
NICA and Nanjing Artists join forces to collaborate on a new circus work

NICA’s final year circus artists will collaborate with performers and trainers from China’s acclaimed Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe to create Beautifully Imperfect, a breathtaking contemporary circus production under the artistic direction of Rob Tannion (Stan Won’t Dance, UK) which opens on 13 April 2011.

This is a very special collaboration that brings together elements of NICA’s history for the celebration of its 10th anniversary. NICA’s Head of Circus, Lu Guang Rong, first arrived in Australia as an artist with the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe as part of the first cultural exchange between Chinese and Australian circus artists in 1983 and later joined NICA full-time in 2000. This new joint project complements and reinforces both the Cultural Memorandum of Understanding between Victoria and Jiangsu Province, PRC, that has been in force since 2002, and the broader Sister State Relationship established in 1979.

Directed and choreographed by leading UK-based artist Rob Tannion, Beautifully Imperfect will feature a visually stunning array of astonishing circus skills, athletic choreography and extraordinary acrobatics. This captivating production will harness the circus arts to explore the tension between our desire for perfection and the reality of our human fallibilities and flaws.

Rob Tannion’s residency at NICA is supported by the inaugural Richard Pratt Creative Fellowship which commemorates Richard’s involvement with NICA as a founding company director, and celebrates his contribution to the arts in Australia. Tannion says, “in this work I am intrigued by the concept that ‘the greatest perfection is imperfection’. Imperfections exist to remind us that we are all human, different, fallible and these are precisely what make us unique and beautifully imperfect.”

Beautifully Imperfect, will have a strictly limited season at NICA’s National Circus Centre in Prahran from 13 to 20 April, 2011.

Tickets for Beautifully Imperfect are now on sale at NICA is a national arts training institute that offers Australia's only Bachelor of Circus Arts. The course is accredited by Swinburne University of Technology and the institute is located at its Prahran campus. The course attracts applicants from across Australia and the world and entry into the first year is highly competitive.

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) presents

Directed by Rob Tannion

13-20 April 2011
NICA National Circus Centre
Green Street, Prahran

Evenings 13-16 & 19-20 April 7.30pm
Matinees 14 & 19- 20 April 1.30pm
Saturday Matinee 16 April 1.30pm

Adult $27 | Concession $22 | Child U16 $18 | Family $72
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