Shows & Performances
Over its 21 year history, the Women’s Circus public performances at festivals, forums and venues have proven to be our strongest communicative device.
Leggings are Not Pants (Midsumma Festival)
Circularity Contemporary Circus Festival (April)
Leggings are Not Pants – Midsumma 2012
Raw, raucous and beautiful, Leggings are Not Pants shows that there are no boundaries to gender identity, but there are to lycra. A pole show with a twist on the sexy, this is for anyone who has not come out as wanting to explore an inner dancer. Full of laughter, sweat, acrobatics, beauty, rocking live music and muscles, this hilarious show defies the divide between masculinity and femininity and explores being queer in today’s world.
By the same director as 2011′s fabulous Ladies Prefer Brunettes, it is presented in conjunction with the Women’s Circus. It is, indeed, circus gold.
Circularity Contemporary Circus Festival 2012
The festival brings circus and community together across three arts venues in Footscray, to explore and challenge ideas about circus.
The program includes free forums with artists and Victoria’s diverse circus organisations, which encourage participants to share, debate and understand the changing world of circus. Affordable workshops tempt professionals and novices to explore circus skills and performance.
One of the highlights of the festival is the collaborative performance making Circus Habitat, where performers can take creative risks in a supportive environment. Under the direction of circus luminaries – Simon Yates + Jo Lancaster (Acrobat), Maude Davey (Burlesque Hour) and Simone O’Brien (Legs on the Wall) – each Habitat will devise an audience ready show in just four days, often trusting impulse, instinct and chaos. On the evening of the final day, the public is invited into each Habitat to see the work.
The classes schedule merges diverse skills and disciplines – from the ground to the air and in between. Women’s Circus trainers and guest teachers provide a safe space to try circus for the first time, to build existing skills or add new ones. Experienced trainers offer more than 50 classes covering aerials, tight rope, foot-juggling, acrobatics, adagio, German wheel, and even cheer leading – for the fun of it.
This Easter, get to know circus, get to know your community, and get to know yourself.
WHEN: 4- 11 April 2012