Winter is well and truly here, and what better way to make it through to those splendid Spring months than with a term of hooping, twirling, singing or flinging through the skies! Check out the new timetable and get booking before 15 July for our 10% Early Bird discount.
Ever wished you could do a handstand or swing on the trapeze without committing to an entire term? Well now is the perfect time! This term we’re running a 5 week Circus Fundamentals class designed for you to learn the basics and increase strength and mobility. Every class will begin with 30 mins of vinyasa yoga, and each week will focus on a different skill or apparatus. We’ll cover hoops, handstand and splits, acro balance, trapeze and silks throughout the program. Book in here.
WARM SKIN Fusing dance and circus, Warm Skin creates a deeply intimate world of physicality.
From award-winning circus artists Robbie Curtis (Cirque Du Soleil, Circa, Circus Oz) and Amanda Lee (Time in Space) comes a new contemporary circus piece tangling together our deepest desires and greatest fears.
Warm Skin twists, tumbles and flies its way through our all-consuming desires. Featuring live music from Melbourne band Yonderkid, melt into this luscious display of body mastery and breathtaking fluidity.
Director: Robbie Curtis Performers: Robbie Curtis, Amanda Lee Text: Joe Brown Music: Yonderkid Supported by Circus Oz Sidesault Program
Looking for some seriously silly fun on your Saturday morning? Circus WOW is hosting The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever! Be part of this public happening, a fun global event in Wollongong Mall where we dance on mass to re-enact Kate Bush’s famous iconic hit song, Wuthering Heights. Just by being there in red, ready to dance the moves and add a gold coin donations to support SAHSSI and our community.
Get ready to frock up and dance and take Wuthering to new heights on Sat 14 July 11am in the Wollongong Mall. Bring a smile, a friend and wear red.
‘I had my first taster of Circus WOW in 2009 when I went to a Heidi Hillier Hoops class. It didn’t take long for me to be swept up in the physical and fun challenges of aerials and hoops, and it was especially awesome to have some new friends! Not long after, I joined the committee and have been on the committee ever since, with a few years as Chair. I was thrilled, because after finishing uni and starting work, it wasn’t long before my long life of commuting, work, and gym stretched ahead of me and I was thinking “Is this all there is?”.
When I found WOW, it was exciting for me to find a way to be involved in my local community. I also loved WOW as a creative outlet, the awesome trainers, and opportunities to perform with my Mum, and now with my daughter.
I remember being really chuffed when Kate Clarkson first suggested the chair position to me. What a confidence booster! And to have the nomination supported by other Women was uplifting. I no doubt made mistakes while chair, but the committee is nurturing, forgiving, encouraging, and a space that fosters personal growth. There can be times of stress. But we (mostly) navigate these stresses carefully and compassionately.
Joining the WOW committee, and being chair, has also led to professional growth and promotion in my other non-wow job as a social worker. I refer to skills learned in WOW in job applications, a wide range of skills like writing minutes and grants, chairing meetings, networking, diplomacy, MYOB, project management, policy and procedure development, managing a Facebook page and strategic problem solving. WOW features on my CV.
Being on the WOW committee has given me space to develop, practice, trial, learn, reflect, and apply. I’m now a boss person (acting), and can thank WOW for helping me build my confidence and skills for use at work.
My favourite thing about being on the committee is the cool awesome funny women I get to hang out with each month. It can be a serious business managing a circus, making sure the money’s coming in and people are paid, checking in that we’re staying true to our values, getting performances happening, working on new ideas, making sure insurance is covered… and it’s made great by the other women there.’
In Circus WOW, all you need is a sense of play and adventure. So, to connect with our community and have a bit of fun, Circus WOW hosted this event. A great time was had by all! More than 50 women, men and children attended. Some joined in, others didn’t, some knew a bit of the choreography, others didn’t. 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.
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)
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!