Circus Oz supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing artists

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Circus Oz are well known for their amazing shows, but few know about the philanthropic support they offer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing artists.

The Circus Oz inaugural BLAKflip Program officially kicked off in 2011 when Joshua Bond joined us as our Artistic Associate & Indigenous Programs Manager. Josh, originally from Tassie, grew up in Galiwinku Community on Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land. He has been mixing it up in circus and the performing arts for over 15 years as a performer, producer and director in Australia and overseas.

Josh has established a reference group made up of local senior Indigenous artists, elders and respected cultural and community leaders. This group meets regularly and, via their networks, has supported the program and the creation of Circus Oz’s 2012 show: From the Ground Up.

Working closely with Circus Oz Artistic Associate Antonella Casella, Josh developed a strong list of candidates from a deadly pool of talented Indigenous performers. Eleven performing artists, dancers, actors and comedians from around the country, came together for high-level circus training in master classes run by Circus Oz in January 2012. Dale Woodbridge, a Gamilaroi man from Mungindi and Ghenoa Gela, a Torres Strait Islander woman from Rockhampton, subsequently became interns of the current Circus Oz ensemble, developing and performing in From the Ground Up which premiered in Melbourne and toured regional Australia and US.

Find out more about the BLAKflip Program by visiting their website. Circus Oz bumps into the Civic Theatre on the 12th of September for three huge shows including a Matinée performance. Visit the Civic Theatre website for more information and to purchase tickets.

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