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Precarious by Circus Oz

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40th Anniversary of Circus Oz; performing under the Big Top at the Royal Botanical Gardens

There are number of shows to enjoy over the winter school holiday break, but if you're after something a little "left of the middle" to watch your kids, might I suggest Precarious by Circus Oz?

Circus Oz: Precarious. Image credit: Rob Blackburn

This is the 40th year that Circus Oz tumbles back into the Big Top in the heart of Melbourne. This time the creative crew perform nestled in nature; within the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

Unlike many other acrobatic performances, Circus Oz errs on the quirkier side of circus but not the extreme.

Circus Oz: Precarious. Image credit: Rob Blackburn

To put this into a clearer perspective, Precarious is a 70-minute show (no interval) with an underlying message. Precarious is not a high adrenaline show but instead an innovative theatrical performance focussed on storytelling using the art of circus.

This is more than high wires, flips & jumps, clowning and fancy tricks because Circus Oz is a group of talented individuals who deliver a thought-provoking, creative performance to an intimate audience.

Circus Oz: Precarious. Image credit: Rob Blackburn

Precarious by Circus Oz is said to be inspired by the grounds on which the Big Top stands. The Circus Oz ensemble create an exciting three-dimensional world that examines the fragility that exists between humanity and nature.

The Precarious Co-Directors explain, “We are in precarious times environmentally. How much more can our ecosystem take? Are we approaching the tipping point? Can humanity restore the natural balance before it is too late?”

Precarious follows the journey of a precious seed that must make its way to the "Ministry of Seeds". Along the way the aforementioned specimen disappears and reappears in sometimes bizarre situations!

Whether or not your children follow the story of Precarious or not, Circus Oz have once again put together an entertaining show that is just the right length for families. Precarious showcases an interesting ensemble who collectively perform: foot juggling, the aerial rope and tippy ring, roué cyr, the Chinese pole and hula hoops.

Highlights include (but not limited to):

Walk the plank (clowning) with Tara Silcock and Lachlan Sukroo
Cyr wheel with Jake Silvestro
Slings with Tania Cervantes Chamorro
Hoops with Tara Silcock

Hoops with Tara Silcock. Image credit: Rob Blackburn

About Circus Oz

Founded in 1978, Circus Oz is Australia’s internationally acclaimed contemporary circus.

Historically and to this day Circus Oz remains committed to its community work, is engaged in issues associated with social justice and promises a "good time for all".

The Circus Oz team provide tickets and workshops to many groups and disadvantaged communities and has a long-standing connection with refugees and asylum seekers.

Become part of the Circus Oz community! Buy your tickets to Precarious by Circus Oz this winter, performing at the Royal Botanical Gardens for three weeks over the school holiday break.

Where: Circus Oz Big Top, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Southern Cross Lawn. Enter via the Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance).
When: 26 June – 15 July 2018
Costs: $35 – $60 (plus booking fees)
Web: circusoz.com

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