Circus Oz - photo by Rob Blackburn
Blasting into another stratosphere for the school holidays!

Over the spring school holidays the Circus Oz Big Top will return to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens to premiere the latest Circus Oz creation, Aurora. It is directed by Circus Oz Artistic Facilitator Kate Fryer with creative input from outgoing Circus Oz Artistic Director Rob Tannion.

Blasting audiences into other atmospheres, Aurora will be a collision of amazing artistic elements including jaw-dropping acrobatics, stunning visual projections, and harmonically rich soundscapes. The outrageously talented Circus Oz acrobats have never been afraid of heights, but in Aurora they'll be pushed beyond their earthly limits as they leap into the stratosphere of unlimited possibilities.

An exhilarating and awe-inspiring 70 minute spectacular inside the intimate Circus Oz Big Top, Aurora will blend a feast of aerial delights - flying, swinging, straps and the Washington trapeze where aerialists perform various headstand skills on the bar. From impossibly intricate foot juggling to hair-raising balances, breathtaking hula hoops, Chinese pole with a twist, and absurd physical comedy, Aurora is kept rocketing along by the original live music of the Circus Oz band as the ensemble tie themselves in knots with the greatest of ease.

Aurora is an enchanting and visual offering that will transform the stunning Circus Oz Big Top. Circus Oz: Aurora ticket holders will receive a 10% discount on the popular Garden Explorer, a guided hop-on and hop-off tour that loops throughout the Melbourne Gardens with expert commentary by friendly drivers who share their knowledge of the cherished plant collections and remarkable history.

As spring awakens the city after a brisk winter, plan a refreshing adventure to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria over the school holidays and grab some popcorn and other delicious delights before heading into the Circus Oz Big Top to see Melbourne’s homegrown circus troupe perform their latest heart-stopping offering. Aurora is fuelled by curiosity and wonder. The sky’s the limit!

Aurora artistic team: Kate Fryer (Director), Jeremy Hopkins (Musical Director), Harriet Oxley (Costume Designer), Michael Baxter (Production Designer), Rhian Hinkley (Projection Designer), and Jenny Hector (Lighting Designer). 

Aurora creative collaborating artists: Adam Malone, Jeremy Hopkins, Jillibalu Riley, Josie Wardrope, Karina Schiller, Matty Brown, Sam Aldham, Selene Messinis, and Tara Silcock

Season: 18 September – 6 October 2019
Duration: 70 mins (no interval)
Venue: Circus Oz Big Top 
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens, Southern Cross Lawn
Address: enter via the Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance)
Tickets: $25 – $60 (plus booking fees)


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