|Chelsea McGuffin, Tania Cervantes, and Jess McCrindl - photo by Rob Blackburn|
The tightrope between who we are and who we might become...
Wunderage is an offbeat promenade performance that lets the audience immerse themselves in the show itself. Wunderage is that latest collaboration between two Australian contemporary circus companies who invite people to dream, wonder, and roam as the fantasy unfolds throughout the iconic Meat Market space in North Melbourne.
Humanity, courage, and fragility will be on display and suspended on a series of tight wires that intersect the space and are elevated up to four metres. Wunderage emerges organically in all directions and offers an abundance of aerial acts where bicycles are precariously ridden on wires with people standing on shoulders, handstands unfold perched off tiny (yet tall) platforms, and acrobatic duets teeter off the edges of platforms and pianos.
As aerial slings poetically soar above audiences and acrobats effortlessly scale Chinese poles to great heights, Wunderage is absorbed in a live musical soundscape of drums, banjo, slide guitar, piano, and mesmerizing voice. Playful, generous, and peppered with mischievous wit, Wunderage explores the desire to be something you are not and along the way will take you to places you never dared to dream possible.
Credited with revitalising a traditional artform in a uniquely Australian way Circus Oz has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its foundation in 1978. As Melbourne’s homegrown circus troupe, Circus Oz undertook its first and critically praised international tour in 1980 and has continued touring to over one hundred cities and regions in 28 countries, playing to over four million people.
Circus Oz Artistic Director Rob Tannion now leads the company into a new era featuring bold collaborations and works of varying scale and style. Expect emotional journeys of breathtaking agility, death-defying stunts, awe-inspiring acrobatic performances, irreverent comedy and spectacular live music.
Company 2 is a performing arts company driven by the desire to tell stories and engage with fellow artists and audiences, creating work to push the boundaries of circus in a way that is accessible to audiences. They engage with contemporary circus that is full of heart, that brings to life the ideas and voices we think need to be heard.
Company 2 tell real stories: The imaginary; young and old; artists and audiences. They draw out what is best, what is ugly, what is painful, what is playful in all of us.
Born in Brisbane, they live and work all over the world. Contemporary circus is their common language and Company 2 use this language to bring together performers from from different artistic disciplines - dancers, musicians, and makers. They experiment with the art forms to walk and question the edges and limits of our shared experience creating stories that challenge and delight.
Wunderage artistic team
Rob Tannion (director)
Chelsea McGuffin (director and performer)
Paul Lim (lighting designer)
Harriet Oxley (costume designer)
Michael Baxter (production designer)
Tim Coldwell (rigging designer)
Kane Peterson (rigging designer and creative collaborator)
Lachy Shelley (rigger and performer)
Wunderage creative collaborating artists
Grant Arthur (musician)
Bonnie Stewart (musician)
Dates: 20 – 30 June 2019
Times: 7.30pm Thu – Sat and 2.30pm Sat – Sun
School show + seminar 11am Wed 25 Jun, Thu 26 Jun and Fri 27 Jun
AUSLAN + audio described 2.30pm Sat 29 Jun
Duration: 70 mins (no interval)
Venue: Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Tickets: $35 – $49, $38 Groups 8+ and $130 Family (2 adults + 2 children)