Women’s Circus is thrilled to announce the arrival of Nepal’s first and only contemporary circus, Circus Kathmandu in May for a Melbourne-based residency. ‘Learning the Ropes: Social Circus from Kathmandu to Melbourne’ will hit the West with two exciting public events to share stories and ex... [more]Women’s Circus is thrilled to announce the arrival of Nepal’s first and only contemporary circus, Circus Kathmandu in May for a Melbourne-based residency. ‘Learning the Ropes: Social Circus from Kathmandu to Melbourne’ will hit the West with two exciting public events to share stories and experience accumulated over the ongoing two-year partnership between the renowned Australian social circus and the internationally celebrated Nepalese organisation.
To welcome Circus Kathmandu to Melbourne and celebrate the launch of the second phase of their partnership, Women’s Circus will host the Australian premiere of the critically acclaimed documentary Even When I Fall at Footscray Community Arts Centre on Sunday 13 May at 6.30pm. Directed by Kate McLarnon and Sky Neal, Even When I Fall traces the journey of two women as they confront the families that sold them, seek acceptance within their own country and begin to build a future as circus artists and company members of Circus Kathmandu. The premiere screening offers the audience an opportunity to stay for an exclusive Q&A with the two women, Saraswoti and Sheetal. Funds raised through ticket sales directly support the partnership to continue building a sustainable future for Circus Kathmandu.
Following on from the launch, three Circus Kathmandu artists will join the Women’s Circus for a two-week residency, focusing on social circus community workshop delivery and collaborative creative development. At the end of the residency, Women’s Circus invites everyone to join them for a fun-filled afternoon of circus workshops, pop-up performances, food, craft, music and more. This free community event, supported by City of Maribyrnong, will take place on Saturday 26 May from 4 -7pm, at Women’s Circus' home, The Drill Hall in West Footscray. Donations welcome to further support Circus Kathmandu.
About the partnership:
Across two years Australian social circus pioneers Women’s Circus are partnering with Circus Kathmandu to support the development of their operational capabilities, creative practice, and capacity to develop as an independent contemporary circus. In November 2017, three trainers and staff from Women’s Circus travelled to Kathmandu for two weeks of professional development in social circus workshop delivery. The Learning the Ropes partnership is supported through Creative Victoria for its Asia Engagement focus. [less]