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Circus and Changing Realities 2020–What’s Up with Circus in Australia?

Australia has a unique role in the circus world where both traditional and contemporary circus flourish, and the international touring circuit is strong. Australia also hosts large Fringe festivals in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne which feature a high rate of circus. Big names have emerged in contemporary circus in Australia over the past few years, including Gravity and Other Myths, Company 2 and Yuck Circus to name a few. There are several long-standing companies as well, Circus Oz, Circa, Briefs Factory, Casus Circus, and Hot Brown Honey. With just one professional circus school (NICA), a host of community-based circuses (Vulcana Women’s Circus, Women’s Circus, and iconic youth circuses like Flipside Circus), Australia manages to produce thoughtful, spirited works that push the envelope in the contemporary circus realm.

In this panel, we ask how the circus sector in Australia has been adapting to pandemic lockdowns and restrictions. What has been the impact on working and touring artists? How have tour strategies shifted to accommodate international travel restrictions? Are companies developing long term and backup plans to keep circus artists training, paid and creating? What has the government response been to the arts unemployment crisis and how has the circus sector fared in that regard? In short, ‘What’s up with circus in Australia?’

Moderators
Panelists

Read more about the Circus and Changing Realities 2020 Panel Series.

Kim Campbell
Editor-in-Chief at CircusTalk.News, Writer -USA
Kim Campbell is the editor of CircusTalk News. They have written about circus for Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and were a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.
In 2019 as editor for CircusTalk News, Kim was on the jury at el Festival Iberoamericano de Circo (FIRCO) and presented the first CircusTalk Critic's Choice Award.

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell is the editor of CircusTalk News. They have written about circus for Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and were a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association. In 2019 as editor for CircusTalk News, Kim was on the jury at el Festival Iberoamericano de Circo (FIRCO) and presented the first CircusTalk Critic's Choice Award.

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