With funding and support from Punctum Inc, Creative Victoria and the Federal Regional Arts Fund, Castlemaine Circus is developing a new performance work entitled “Atopia”.
Atopia involves an initial series of workshops teaching local young people circus arts and physical performance, visual theatre and storytelling, technical design and video-making, led by a team of local professional artists. In 2016 this project will work to develop site specific responses
The project is a partnership with the Meeting Place Koori Cultural Program, the Maldon Neighbourhood House’s Young West Program, Curly Roost Refugee Support, and young and emerging artists from the Castlemaine Circus School.
In 2016 the developed works will be presented in site specific locations throughout Mount Alexander Shire.
2016 Projects at the Castlemaine Goods Shed: Photos from Development
CIRCUS IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM
In 2016 Castlemaine Circus will be providing weekly circus training to year 9 students at the Castlemaine Secondary College. We are also conducting a series of in-school programs with the Violet Street Primary School in Bendigo.
We are establishing a working group to explore other educational and pathway training with an eye to being able to offer VET courses in circus skills. With our new location adjacent to the Castlemaine Railway Station we are hoping to attract students from around the state, making Castlemaine Central Victoria’s home of Circus.