We All Fall Down: Playful, adventurous circus that explores memories of childhood

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) presents

We All Fall Down


Escape the mundane and be inspired by a child’s playful world of make-believe with the National Institute of Circus Arts’ latest show We All Fall Down. From June 15 to 26, NICA’s second year students extend the creative potential of circus by drawing on the memories, both fun and frightening, that stay with us for a lifetime.

Within the chaos of a child’s bedroom, ordinary objects take on a new life as a seesaw becomes a teeterboard, a bedsheet becomes a tissu and a swing becomes a trapeze. The exuberant cast takes us on a magic carpet ride of aerial antics as they fly through the air with topsy turvy circus tricks that defy the laws of gravity.

This world premiere production is a collaboration between guest director Debra Batton, second year NICA students who will draw on the expertise of NICA’s resident circus trainers, and an exceptional creative team including long time Musical Director of Circus Oz, Chris Lewis.

Returning to Melbourne to direct We All Fall Down after more than a decade in Sydney as the Artistic Director of acclaimed physical theatre company Legs on the Wall, Debra has won two Helpmann Awards, (On the Case, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival), one Angel Award (All Of Me, Edinburgh Fringe) and an Australian Sports Award for contributions to gymnastics.

As well as creating new work for Legs on the Wall she has performed, directed or choreographed work for the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Opera Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People, Circus Oz, Kneehigh Theatre in the U.K. and Axis theatre in Canada to name a few.

Batton says of the new production, “Childhood and the circus make perfect companions. This cast of twenty-one talented and creative young performers are courageously playful with their magic-making circus skills”.

Inspired by the creativity, resilience and courage of children, We All Fall Down features Australia’s best young circus artists-in-the-making and will enchant and delight adults and children alike.

Season dates: 15 – 26 June 2010
NICA National Circus Centre, Green Street Prahran
Book online at: www.nica.com.au

Evenings: 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26 June @7.30pm / 23, 24 June @6.30pm.
School matinees: 16, 24 June @1.30pm
Saturday matinees: 19, 26 June @1.30pm

$22 adult | $20 conc | $14 child | $55 family (2 adults + 2 children)
Discounts for school and group bookings are available: (03) 9214 6975

Media Enquiries:
Amaya Courtis – Publicist, Mollison Communications
Phone: (03) 9694 5221 / 0438 904 149 Email: amaya.c@mollison.com

About NICA:
The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is Australia’s centre for excellence in contemporary circus.

NICA is primarily funded by the Australian Government through the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and is based at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. As the only training institution of its kind in Australia, NICA provides professional training through a three year Bachelor of Circus Arts, preparing students from across Australia and around the world for exciting careers in all facets of the circus industry.

Each year final year students create an ensemble performance, working with prestigious Australian or international directors. Previous performances have taken place at the BMW Edge theatre at Federation Square, a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House, as well as at NICA’s National Circus Centre in Prahran.

NICA artists have performed in the opening and closing Commonwealth Games ceremonies, won awards for Australia at the Wuhan International Arts Festival, China, in 2006 and 2008, won gold at the 30th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain (Worldwide Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow) and most recently won Bronze at the 4th World Festival of Circus Arts in Moscow in 2009.

Competition for one of 24 places in the first year of the degree program is fierce and auditions are conducted in each state in September/October.

CircaNICA provides a valuable bridge for graduates to step into the circus industry by acting as an agent and producer of new works.

“NICA has a strong tradition of providing students with the opportunity to work with Australia’s leading artists in circus and the performing arts, to push the boundaries and expand the physical vocabulary of contemporary circus.”
- Pamela Creed, NICA Director & CEO

“This company is the future of circus. The performers are world class.”
- Paul Kooperman, Australian Stage Online, 4 December 2008

“NICA is committed to commissioning a wide range of theatre practitioners and artists to work with its enthusiastic students.”
- Stephanie Glickman, Herald Sun, 19 September 2008

“The proof of NICA’s success is in the achievements of its graduates.”
- Hilary Crampton, The Age, 6 December 2008

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