Antonella Casella, an Australian circus advocate, producer, director, dramaturg and performer, has recently announced that she is stepping down from her position at Circus Oz as Senior Artistic Associate after 15 years in the role but that she is excited to continue her role with the new initiative Circus Arts Hub, as well as working as a freelance consultant, specializing in the circus arts.
About her work with Circus Oz over the years, Casella says,”I have had the incredible privilege of working with a circus company that genuinely reinvented circus for the new millennium, and influenced the development of the artform throughout the world. Most of the companies we recognise as ‘contemporary circus’ today can trace their artistic evolution to the work of Circus Oz.”
Casella’s legacy at Circus Oz will live on in their existing programs. She says, “I worked alongside Mike Finch on many of the sector development programs which are a feature of the company’s work today, including BLAKflip and Sidesault.” Fortunately, Casella says, she will continue her longstanding relationship, “In this capacity, I will be continuing to work for Circus Oz for special projects, and am currently supporting them in a casual capacity as Artistic Advisory Committee Liaison and Artform Advisor. I will also be maintaining my Circus Oz company membership.”