Be the first to see Australia's future circus stars
Cosmopolitan Melbourne delivers many interesting and varied things to do, with some cultural activities found nowhere else in the country.
One venturesome event staged each year in Melbourne's trend-setting suburb of Prahran is the annual Circus Showcase at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). Presented by graduate students of Australia's only Bachelor of Circus Arts degree, NICA showcases performances by Australia's future circus stars.
NICA's Circus Showcase 2014, titled ROUGE et BLANC will feature final year students presenting their incredible range of circus talent to an appreciative Melbourne audience.
Circus student artists will present their eclectic mix of circus skills matching their physical strength with performing expertise including: Aerial Cube, Aerial Straps, Chinese Pole, Contortion, Duo and Single Rope, German Wheel, Hand Balancing, Head Balancing, Head Trapeze, Hula Hoops, Juggling, Roué Cyr, Single Point Trapeze, Tightwire, Tissu, Tumbling and Unicycle.
Last year, weekendnotes interviewed Megan Jones, Head of Performance Studies at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). This year we interview Megan Jones once more with further questions related to NICA and what we can expect to see at ROUGE et BLANC in 2014.
The Bachelor of Circus Arts has been available to students since 2001, have NICA Circus Showcases been running each year since then?
The first graduating year was 2003 and they were the first students to present a Showcase, it has occurred every year since then.
Where do students find themselves on completion of their Bachelor of Circus Arts degree at NICA?
Students find themselves with many exciting national and international opportunities after completing a Bachelor of Circus Arts. They may work in contemporary circus, traditional circus, social circus, stunt work, corporate entertainment, festivals, teaching and other sectors of the arts industry.
Are there any well-known NICA Bachelor of Circus Arts degree graduates?
Students who have studied at NICA have performed in well-known companies in Australia and around the world; and competed in prestigious international circus competitions. Currently a number of graduate artists are employed internationally by Cirque du Soleil, Dragone, Carnival Australia, La Clique New York and London and NoFit State Circus in the UK. In Australia, a number of graduates are employed by well-known contemporary circus company Circa who perform in Australia and overseas. Previous students have performed in stand-up and physical comedy; Musical Theatre, such as King Kong - the musical; and Film and Television, in programs such as Hoopla Doopla on ABC3.
How many students complete the Bachelor of Circus Arts Degree each year?
It has grown a lot over the years, generally between 15-25 students
What can audiences expect from ROUGE et BLANC?
There will be two quite different cabaret style shows this year, show Rouge and show Blanc, each with their own distinct flavour and each hosted by an entertaining, singing MC.
There are over 15 different individual apparatus being showcased, as well as Group Acrobatics, Pole and Teeterboard
Both nights are full of variety, mixing the explosive with the beautiful, the exotic with the entertaining, in a powerhouse evening of entertainment and spectacle. In the true cabaret style there will be something for everyone, a bit cheeky and a bit exciting.
How many seats does NICA National Circus Centre hold?
The NICA National Circus Centre can hold over 350 people, but this performance will have a smaller capacity of approx. 160 because it offers cabaret style seating as well as having general admission – which is an exciting change!
If you would like to check out Australia's only circus school spectacular held right here in Melbourne, session dates and times for NICA Circus Showcase 2014 ROUGE et BLANC can be found below:
Cast Rouge: Wednesday 2 July @ 7.30pm; Thursday 3 July @ 7.30pm; Friday 4 July @ 1.30pm &
Saturday 5 July @ 7.30pm
Cast Blanc: Tuesday 1 July @ 7.30pm; Thursday 3 July @ 1.30pm; Friday 4 July @ 7.30pm & Saturday 5
July @ 1.30pm
General Admission tickets range from:
Adult $33 / Concession $27 / Child U16 $22
Family (2 adults & 2 children) $88
Family (2 adults & 3 children) $105
Groups (min 10) $25pp