Circus Oz Big Top Heads To Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria To Unravel The Ministry Of Nature
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Precarious – Circus Oz Big Top premiere 

Season: 26 June – 15 July 2018

TICKETS ON SALE Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Creating chaos when the natural balance is tipped over

In their 40th year, Circus Oz tumbles back home to Melbourne to premiere their new show, Precarious, under the heated Circus Oz Big Top. Across the winter school holidays the tent will be nestled within the trees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria with three weeks of shows from 26 June – 15 July 2018.
Inspired by the garden surrounds, Precarious is a 70-minute non-stop spectacle of acrobatic mayhem for audiences of all ages. The Circus Oz ensemble will unearth innovative circus acts to create an exciting three-dimensional world that examines the fragility that exists between humanity and nature. 
The outstanding skills and talents of the Circus Oz ensemble will include extraordinary foot juggling, jaw-dropping aerial rope and tippy ring, mesmerising roué cyr, Chinese pole and hula hoop – all hilariously woven together with original music from the live Circus Oz band.  
Circus Oz Big Top Heads To Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria To Unravel The Ministry Of Nature
Circus Oz Artistic Director, Rob Tannion, joins forces with independent director, Kate Fryer, to craft Precarious and create the mayhem that is the ministry of nature – an absurd lo-fi bureaucracy filled with phenomenal acrobatics, spectacular aerials, live music and physical comedy. 
Brought together by their shared love of storytelling in recognisable, yet surreal worlds, Tannion and Fryer will continue to push circus innovation, extending expectations of circus skill and apparatus through collaboration with the Circus Oz ensemble, musicians and production team.
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?”
Tim Entwisle, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Director and Chief Executive, comments, “We are delighted to be partnering with Circus Oz’s show Precarious. The show’s nature theme perfectly complements the new location. We look forward to welcoming its audience to the Gardens, and we hope to foster a strong, ongoing relationship together.”  
 
Circus Oz Big Top Heads To Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria To Unravel The Ministry Of Nature
 
TICKETS ON SALE Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Precarious artistic team 
Rob Tannion and Kate Fryer (Co-Direction), Laurel Frank (Circus Oz Founder and Costume Design), Michael Baxter (Production Design), Maddy Seach (Lighting Design), Jeremy Hopkins (Musical Direction), Andrew Dyson (Rigger), Tim Coldwell (Circus Oz Founder and Senior Circus Artist) and Cath Carmody (Stage Manager).
Precarious creative collaborating artists
Dylan Singh, Emily Gare, Jake Silvestro, Jeremy Hopkins (musician), Jon Bonaventura, Lachlan Sukroo, Sophia Exiner (musician), Tania Cervantes Chamorra and Tara Silcock .
 
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Precarious – Circus Oz Big Top premiere 
Season 26 June – 15 July 2018
Duration 70 minutes (no interval)
Venue Circus Oz Big Top
Location Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Southern Cross Lawn
Address enter via the Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance)
Tickets $35 – $60 (plus booking fees)
Bookings ticketek.com.au
Bookings: School and relax performances artscentremelbourne.com.au
 
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
 
26 Jun
10.30am*
1pm*
27 Jun
11am**
1.15pm*
28 Jun
10.30am*
29 Jun
7pm
 
30 Jun
1.30pm 
7pm [Gala]
1 Jul
12.30pm
5.30pm

2 Jul

[no show]

3 Jul
[no show]
4 Jul
1.30pm
6.30pm
5 Jul
1.30pm
6 Jul
7pm
7 Jul
1.30pm 
6.30pm
8 Jul
12.30pm
5.30pm
9 Jul
[no show]
10 Jul
[no show]
11 Jul
1.30pm 
6.30pm
12 Jul
1.30pm
13 Jul
7pm
14 Jul 
1.30pm 
6.30pm
15 Jul 
12.30pm
5.30pm
 
* School shows ** Relaxed show
 
Adult $50 – $60  Concession $40 – $50 Family $135 – $165
Child $35 – $45 Groups (8+) $35 – $50 Children three and under – sit on your knee for FREE
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Circus Oz
Credited with revitalising a traditional artform in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz is a rock ‘n’ roll, all-human circus that has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its foundation in 1978. Circus Oz undertook its first and critically praised international tour in 1980 and has continued touring to over 100 cities and regions in 28 countries – playing to over 4 million people.
 
Twitter @circusoz 
Instagram @circusoz
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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 
Twitter @rbg_victoria