The future looks bright for Australia's circus stars
A circus performance might not be what you'd expect to find on a cold July week night in trendy Prahran, but if you are one of the lucky ones to know of NICA's Circus Showcase, you are in for a treat.
The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), offer Australia's only Bachelor of Circus Arts degree and last night, graduates opened NICA Circus Showcase 2014 ROUGE et BLANC performing their highly tuned skills to an appreciative public audience.
Two separate shows (one ROUGE, the other BLANC) share the same theme with both shows involving students in a combined show presenting three years of study and training.
NICA's Circus Showcase 2014 opened with the BLANC graduate troupe demonstrating the best of their calibre dressed in outfits of Vaudeville flair.
Quick-witted MC played by sparkly lipped Aurora Kurth, sets the scene with her best imitation French accent combined with cheeky jokes to introduce each act.
The first act, Felicia Lannan, spins on stage with her abundant Hula Hooping tricks, followed by Mia Alberts beautiful Aerial Tissu (vertical hanging ribbon) display and Will Meager's stunning acrobatics and tumbling using nothing more than a simple chair and table.
In-between each act MC Aurora Kurth picks up the pace with her impressive vocals booming out 'Lola', 'I Who Have Nothing' and 'That's Life' alongside her tongue-in-cheek humour to interact with the audience.
Ella Horner hits the stage with her elegant Aerial Cube performance combining spinning moves around elevated bars.
After an interval break allowing time to top up with soft drinks, snacks or something a little more at the bar, we are summoned back to the theatre to experience the ensemble demonstrate the Teeterboard, Chinese Pole and Bounce Juggling, as Aurora Kurth sings 'Count to Ten'.
Jon Bonaventura shows us the art of climbing ropes in his strong performance, as Angelique Ross beautifully spins, twists and flies her way through a choreographed Dance Trapeze.
Jon Bonaventura NICA Showcase image c/o Aaron Walker
Ethiopian-born Yonnas Gebremedhin, completes the show with his outstanding Unicycling, starting with a three-wheeled unicycle, as he jumps from one to another without hesitation, and continues to wow the crowd with his super fast juggling ability.
NICA Circus Showcase 2014 ROUGE et BLANC far exceeded my expectations, proving to be a breathtakingly entertaining show matching (in skill) many big name circus acts seen today. NICA's Bachelor of Circus Art graduates work tremendously hard to get to such a competent level, which is reflected in their end of year show. The future does indeed look bright for these up-and-coming circus stars as they begin their artistic journey in the big top world.
Head to www.nica.com.au to book your tickets for remaining shows ending on 5 July 2014. If you miss out this year, keep an eye on Facebook for news of NICA Circus Showcase 2015.
*NOTE graduate students mentioned above can only be seen in BLANC performances, a completely different ensemble make up ROUGE seen at alternate times over the course of NICA's 2014 Showcase week.