Cluster Arts has announced that tickets to CIRCFest22 Meanjin are now on sale via circfest.live.
This spectacular new festival, based in Brisbane, is dedicated to showcasing the best of Australian contemporary circus and physical theatre. Through a unique partnership with international circus centre Tohu in Montreal, CIRCFest22 Meanjin firmly establishes Brisbane’s reputation as a global leader and fosters exciting international touring opportunities.
Over 10 days from 21 April to 1 May, more than 114 extraordinary performers will thrill, entertain and mesmerise audiences with 76 diverse performances across six venues in Brisbane including Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts, The Tivoli, La Boite Theatre, The Ron Hurley Theatre and Kingston Butter Factory.
The brainchild of Cluster Arts, the nations’ celebrated production house for performing arts’ circus and physical theatre companies, CIRCFest22 Meanjin will showcase First Nations artists, independent companies and Australian international superstars of the circus world.
Circus has come a long way from the sawdust big top with a ringmaster whip-cracking tired lions through hoops. Australian contemporary circus is a modern performance artform of breathtaking human athleticism, raw emotional power, pure entertainment and sharp social commentary. CIRCFest22 Meanjin offers everything from blazing burlesque to stiletto funambulists, powerful physical theatre to radical drag, crazy clowns to breathtaking acrobats.
Directors Deb Wilks and Kate Malone, who have programmed 14 Queensland premieres celebrating Brisbane’s colourful underground history as a circus city, said, “CIRCFest22 Meanjin brings together a bold and ambitious program that celebrates circus in all its richly diverse forms. There is something for everyone. Our focus has been on delivering a festival where the artists are at the heart of every decision and that makes for some spectacular outcomes.”
As well as a public facing program, CIRCFest 22 Meanjin will have key industry activations, hosting a number of forums and sector development opportunities including a First Nations led sector development for circus and physical theatre. This will be done in conjunction with The Australian Performing Arts Market. It is hoped in the future, as borders reopen for touring, international buyers and presenters will attend, along with Brisbane audiences being able to experience international circus companies’ performances.
Ruth Wikler, Deputy Director of Programming, TOHU from Montreal, said, “The proposed virtual exchange between Montreal’s International Contemporary Circus Market (MICC) and Brisbane’s Cluster Arts will draw on the momentum built over the past two years. CIRCFest22 Meanjin’s international digital platform, followed by the MICC’s in-person market, provide an ideal opportunity for this and underpin a reciprocal touring arrangement between Canada and Australia, two global circus countries.”
Australia is recognised internationally as a leader in the artform and Brisbane is its hothouse, home to companies like Circa, Casus Circus, Briefs Factory, Hoopla Clique, ARC Circus, and Chelsea McGuffin & Co who are in high demand on every international festival circuit.
CIRCFest22 Meanjin will see Brisbane come alive with death defying feats, breathtaking spectacles and something to entertain and engage everyone from the subversive and sexy for adults-only to the fun and thrilling for the family.
CIRCFest22 Meanjin will run from 21 April – 1 May. For bookings and more information, visit circfest.live.