NEW CIRCUS OZ SHOW: YOU’VE GOT TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT

NEW CIRCUS OZ SHOW: YOU’VE GOT TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT

Posted on 17. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

Arts Minister Peter Batchelor tonight visited the Big Top at Birrarung Marr to launch the world premiere of home-grown, internationally-renowned Circus Oz’s latest show See it to Believe it.

Mr Batchelor said for more than 30 years, Circus Oz had been delivering high-energy performances to Melbourne audiences as well as audiences across Australia and around the world.   

See it to Believe it is an outstanding show that features hoop diving, group bikes, foot juggling and performances that employ the rola bola balancing board, double trapeze and Chinese pole,” Mr Batchelor said.

“We are proud that this trail-blazing troupe, who has now performed in 26 countries, still calls Melbourne home.”

Circus Oz will spend a month in Melbourne performing See it to Believe it before touring regional South Australia, Alice Springs, Darwin and Berkeley, California and further international destinations throughout 2011.

Mr Batchelor said Circus Oz were wonderful cultural ambassadors for Victoria and through their regular community activities and workshops, played a key role in the development of circus arts and physical theatre in Australia.

“Arts and culture are important to Victorian communities and that is why the Victorian Government provided $3 million in the 2010 State Budget to secure a new headquarters in Collingwood, the suburb where the troupe was established and first performed in 1978,” Mr Batchelor said.  

“Circus Oz has experienced spectacular growth over the last 30 years and our funding, along with ongoing support from the Government, will ensure they continue their tradition of innovation and growth well into the future.

“Each year, Circus Oz delivers a show packed with amazing performances, great music and laughs. 2010 will be no different.

“I encourage circus-lovers and newcomers alike to support Circus Oz, one of the State’s cultural treasures, in a show that really must be seen to be believed.”

Member for Richmond Richard Wynne said Circus Oz was a truly Melbourne institution, representative of Victoria’s culturally distinct circus arts with a real community focus.

“Building a new headquarters in Collingwood will mean Circus Oz can return to its roots, exapnd its activities and engage with the local community and many more communities across the state,” Mr Wynne said.

“Circus Oz’s See it to Believe it is showing at the Birrarung Marr Big Top until 11 July.”

For more information, visit: www.circusoz.com

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