Just because in Circus WOW, all you need is a sense of play and adventure, Circus WOW hosted this event, to connect with our community and have a bit of fun. A great time was had by the 50+ women, men and children who attended, whether they joined in, or not, knew the choreography, or not. Gabrielle Quigley and Ellen Curtis learned the moves and led the dance, with some dancers and singers in the group doing a great job helping the rest of us wuther a little better……. Wollongong, can we do bigger and better in 2018?
These photos by Andrew Conacher with more by Georgia Matts in this Illawarra Mercury article
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If you’ve never done a circus class before, the Introduction to Circus would be ideal for you, giving you a taste of all sorts of great circus apparatus and fun in a 5 week course. Bring a friend and get this class for a 2 for 1 special!
Other 2 for 1 specials are Hoops, Unicycle & Tight wire and Acro-balance. A great opportunity to have a go at half the price!
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Circus WOW’s big performance event in 2016 was ‘One Really Big Circus Show’. Held in October at Circus Monoxide, this show was the brainchild of WOW trainer and member Jane Davis, working in collaboration with Neisha Murphy and Charlie Truscott. The show brought together a number of different circus groups and performers in the Illawarra – Circus Monoxide, Circus WOW, the Burgh Circus, Wollemi (the Autism Support Unit at Dapto High School) as well as professional performers including Tamara Campbell, Neisha Murphy, Louise Clark and Corie Hurry.
A triple sell-out success, each show began with roving characters from WOW who greeted and entertained the crowd. Then came a Curtain Raiser performed by a community group, Wollemi, Burgh Circus or a group hot off the press from a Circus Monoxide holiday program.
Circus WOW provided much variety and colour in the show with performers in a range of acts:
- adagio (acro balance)
- hoop juggling
It was a first for WOW working together with such a range of groups for a show, but greatly appreciated the opportunity and everything which Jane, Neisha and Charlie put into making the show happen, and the in kind support of Circus Monoxide. As the photos show, all the women had so much fun!
A show such as this pushes everyone in so many ways – the inspiration and creation of acts and costumes, commitment of time and energy to practice, rehearse and perform and time and muscles to help ‘bump in’ (get the space ready for the performance) and ‘bump out’. A true test of circus community spirit and connection with one another. This is what makes circus great!
Go back in time to an era of finery with these medieval styled costumes. The roving stilt performers can be hired as a 3 minute court dance performance with 6-8 performers. Performed here at Viva la Gong festival.
(Costumes and choreography by Libby Bloxham.)
What have we here? Our girl guides will show you how things should be done. They’ve had proper training! Stiltwalkers and on ground performers. Could include hoop, poi or juggle.
(Created in professional development with Circus Solaris funded by Wollongong City Council Cultural Services.)
Here’s trouble! This act is all about the apre ski. Combining comedy and acrobatic skills this performance is a wild ride! Four person 3-4 minute act. So much fun!
(Concept by Cheryl Moore. Created by performers as a troupe.)
A hilarious romp through the waves with the girls of the South Coast life savers. Larrikin clowning and acro-balance come together in this 5-6 person 4 minute performance.
(Created by Penny Lowther and Soraya del Castillo with direction from Maryke Del Castillo and Alycia Battestini and choreography by Wendy Regan.)
Shining their light over Wollongong and wishing you all peace and joy for Christmas are our 3 stiltwalking Christmas angels. They are available for roving performances.
(Costumes created by Libby Bloxham.)
Celebrating our famous woman of flight we present the three Amelias and their crazy ground crew. Stiltwalking rovers with a good dose of comedy.
(Concept by Cheryl Moore, Costume design by Imogen Ross, Stilt choreography by Wendy Regan. Ground crew created by Maree Alwert and Kate Clarkson.)
Harking back to the early days of synchronised swimming, this beautiful and gentle performance warms the heart and puts a smile on your face. Initially an acro balance act dating from the early days of Circus WOW with creation and direction by Penny Lowther and Soraya Del Castillo, Bathing Belles has had a recent revival as a 3-4 minute hoop act with 6 or 8 gorgeous bathing belles and choreography by Helen Richards, direction by Wendy Regan and Heidi Hillier.
Their strength is unbelievable. Their French accents even worse. Yes! they can lift that plank and set it up for the ballerinas to dance upon. But who is the strongest? ‘Surely it is zis one, noh noh! it is surely ze ozer one!’ Comedy and acrobatics combine in act. Can be performed as a 4 minute stage act but best as a roving performance involving the kids in the audience as they roam around setting up their plank.
(Created by Libby Bloxham, Gaetane Potard and Jen Marshall. Costume by Angela James.)
Here they come to save the day, our superheroes are on their way! Faster than a speeding bullet etc: Roving stiltwalkers and/or on-ground performers.
(Costumes by Ella Hogan, Angela James, Li lin Chee and Libby Bloxham.)
Made completely from recycled lampshades and other recycled materials these costumes are available for on-ground or stiltwalking roving performances
(Created by Libby Bloxham.)
On stilts or on-ground, this band of insects will add a real buzz to your party or festival. As a music/noise making band, with bangalele, drum and kazoo-a-buzzing or flying about and dancing to your own music or perhaps displaying their object manipulation skills, they’ll entertain and surprise.
(Costumes created in Professional development with Circus Solaris and also by Libby Bloxham.)
Named for Nancy Sinatra, The Nancies give a 3-4 minute acrobatic performance often involving some object manipulation – hoops, poi, juggle etc. There can be between 4 and 10 Nancies at any given time. Fancy that!
(Created with support from Merrigong Theatre Co, developed in the Bob Pete Studio. Concept and direction by Cheryl Moore and choreography by Wendy Regan. Further development saw new choreography by Circus WOW acrobatic group members.)
A dazzling three-person hoop and poi act set to the big band music of Chatanooga Choo Choo.
(Created by Libby Bloxham in collaboration with Helen Richards and Amanda Davenport.)
Add some Wow to your event with our general circus costuming. Roving on- ground and stiltwalking performers available with object manipulation skills -hoop, poi, juggle.
Having a colour themed event? Just let us know, we’ll go to town with your colour choice and provide roving on-ground or stiltwaking performers with various fabulous accessories and/or object manipulation skills.
(Pictured costumes by Libby Bloxham.)
Corsets and stripes make these dramatic costumes sing and will add glamour and style to your event. Roving stilt performers. Concept, choreography and costume design by Mara Vukasinovic.