23 Performers in 8 Acts compete over 3 Nights in the awe-inspiring
GASWORKS CIRCUS SHOWDOWN
Gasworks Arts Park is proud to present Gasworks Circus Showdown 2018. This yearly event is a highlight of the Gasworks and Circus Calendars, offering an experience, part competition, festival and showcase, that is unlike anything else in Australia. Watch eight of Australia’s finest circus and physical theatre acts battle over three nights of awe-inspiring competition, 2 fierce heats on 23 & 24 May, and a spectacular finale on Saturday 26 August. Circus Showdown highlights exceptional emerging circus and physical theatre entertainers and established artists experimenting with new works and apparatus’ whose remarkable skills span acrobatics, trapeze, slackrope, juggling, aerial and physical comedy.
Held in the Gasworks Theatre the acts will share in a professional development prize pool valued at over $18,000 including a $5,000 cash prize generously donated by the Gasworks Patrons Foundation, photography and videography, Open Training Time at NICA, and venue hire for future performances. A judging panel and audience vote will decide who triumphs in the heats and who is crowned the 2018 Gasworks Circus Showdown Champion. Gasworks Circus Showdown is the only performance and professional development event of its kind in Australia.
The 2018 Acts
Break The Mould present Spanners and Spatulas
No man is small. No woman is large. Men wear suits. Women wear dresses. Men are strong. Women are frail. Men are stoic. Women are emotional. Men use spanners. Women use spatulas. Men lift things. Women get lifted. Or… not. A comedic jaunt through our failures to fit the mould.
Jugg Life Productions present Any Questions?
‘Do one thing every day that scares you’ – Malia Walsh
Byron Hutton is going out on a limb. He is making himself vulnerable in his most difficult and scariest performance to date. He doesn’t know if you like it. It’s going to be extreme. Intrigued? Me to.
Oddity Circus present Glass Universe
A glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams.
Delve into the rawness of human connection, power, and the desire for equality and understanding. Explore the bond of two people as their lives intersect and they negotiate chaos, unfamiliarity, tension and power dynamics.
Three Feet presents Boxed In Sideways
Four women, Four boxes. We don’t fit into them. Never have.
A powerful statement of what can be achieved by women who lift each other up, challenging the limits of the physical and psychological. Three Feet speak a louder truth of lived experience through circus, dance and puppetry.
Calligraphy Circus The Last Letter
Letter writing is a dying artform. Reflect on the power of words and stories from all around the world as The Last Letter takes you on a journey. The stories leap from the page, taking on physical form and visual life. The unheard will be heard, with an acrobatic twist!
An all female cast YUCK is a wild and ridiculous representation of all the uncomfortable conversations accumulated over a lifetime. Drawn from personal experiences, they’re ready to turn the controversial into to the contemplated, using high-flying acrobatics, absurd confessions, and some groovy dancing.
One Fell Swoop Present Kilter
To stand on a rope you don’t balance yourself over it – you pull the rope underneath you. You don’t find your balance, you fight for it, continuously. Like life it is an unstable equilibrium that needs constant work to sustain.
Here circus reflects life: the balance in motion, tipping points, clarity in focus, and the precariousness of being still in turbulence.
Totally Plucked Presents Totally Plucked
A daring new comedy circus solo show by Awarding Winning Circus performer Simon Wright. Top twisted circus tricks meets absurd wordless characters in this joyful ride through wonderfully stupid physical comedy. You have seen him on ABC TV, now see him in the flesh, or even decorated in feathers!
Gasworks Circus Showdown:
Heats: Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 May
Finale: Saturday 26 May
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