Circus in Oceania

A Long & Winding Road:  The Story of Circus in Australia

"From the early 1850s, travelling entertainers delivered to Australians an extraordinary diversity of culture - popular, high and low - such as, opera, minstrel, photographic, magic, bell-ringing, gospel singing, boxing, menagerie and carnival, to name a few. However, the earliest demonstrable example of an Australian travelling show, and the most enduring, was the circus."

                                                                                                                                             -- Mark St. Leon, PhD, 2008

 

Read the full article : http://www.circusfederation.org/uploads/circus_culture/about/circus_federation_of_australia.pdf                               

 

 


The Circus in Australia Today

With a small population of just 22 million persons and a very large landmass, many Australian circuses have to travel long distances over the eleven months they tour each year. Such a tour will typically offer 340 performances in about 50 different locations and cover 5,000 kilometres. Although numbers fluctuate from year to year, there are currently about 16 circuses touring Australia on a year-round basis. The largest audiences support the 11 classical circuses that present animals as part of their programmes.  The number of people visiting the classical circus in Australia currently exceeds the number attracted by either opera or soccer.

For further information about Circus in Australia, please contact the Circus Federation of Australia at info@australiancircusfestival.org

 

Other Publications

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Circus: The Australian StoryMelbourne Books
2011Africa
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Description: A definitive historical accounting of the illustrative history of the circus in Australia.
Publication Topics: Animals in the Circus / Training / Exhibition / Protests     Circus as Art / Photography / Graphics     Circus as Spectacle     Circus Artists / Performers / Bodies     Circus Clowns / Clowning     Circus Music / Musicians / Composers     Circus Advertising / Marketing / Publicity     Circus History – North American     Circus and Education     Circus and Gender / Race / Ethnicity / Multiculturalism     Circus and Labor Relations     Circus and Religion / Spirituality / Mysticism     Circus as Performance Art     Circus in Poetry / Literature / Fiction     Circus in Fine Arts / Painting     Circus Archives / Collections / Artifacts / Ephemera     Circus Biographies / Memoirs / Genealogy     Circus Fans / Enthusiasts / Audience     Circus History – Asian / Pacific Rim     Circus History – Australian     Circus History – European     Circus Logistics / Routing / Tours / Transportation     Circus Management / Staff / Crew     Circus Ownership / Business / Finance / Contracts     Circus Schools / Training     Circus Technology / Mechanization / Innovation     Circus Space / Tents / Building
El Circo Visita Rapa- Nui Documentary for TelevisionProduced by Pilar Ducci, Directed by Francisco Bermejo
2011South America and Caribbean
Oceania
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Description: This is a documentary exhibited in national television which describes the visit for the first time ever of a Chilean circus to the Island of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island. This event was produced by Pilar Ducci in 2010, financed by the Ministry of Culture of Chile, as part of the Bicentennial celebrations of Chile. The documentary reflects on the encounter of the Rapa Nui, polynesian people who in most cases had never seen a circus show in their life, with the circus, the artists and all its activity.  This event is considered of enormous relevance, because Easter Island presents serious geographic difficulties for the logistics and transportation of an entire circus.
Publication Topics: Circus as Spectacle     Circus Artists / Performers / Bodies     Circus Clowns / Clowning     Circus and Education     Circus and Gender / Race / Ethnicity / Multiculturalism     Circus as Performance Art     Circus Biographies / Memoirs / Genealogy     Circus History – Latin American     Circus Logistics / Routing / Tours / Transportation
The Juggler's Manual of Manipulative Miscellanea: The Classic Skills with Top Hat, Cane, Plates, Nesting Cups, and Assorted ObjectsVariety Arts Press
1984Africa
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Description: The Juggler's Manual of Manipulative Miscellanea by R.W. Bacon (a.k.a. "Mr. Slim") is the only book of its kind detailing the author's arcane acrobatic juggling and manipulative specialties. A popular reference consulted by jugglers around the world, it has become a "best seller" among juggling books since its publication in 1984. The book explains and diagrams the classic theatrical vaudeville performance skills with top hats, canes, plates, nesting cups, and assorted objects. Authored by a noted touring professional, the book includes history & background, the applied physics of juggling & manipulation, the wide variety of mixed-object & combination stunts, and valuable presentation tips. "A good lesson in entertainment." --- Juggler's World Magazine.
Publication Topics: Circus as Performance Art     Circus Schools / Training
The Juggler's Manual of Cigar Box Manipulation & BalanceVariety Arts Press
1983Africa
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Description: Since its initial publication in 1983, when it helped open the floodgates of juggling instructional material, The Juggler's Manual of Cigar Box Manipulation & Balance by R.W. Bacon (a.k.a. "Mr. Slim") has become sought after by professional and amateur jugglers throughout the world. Though modest in size, the book explains and diagrams over 200 challenging and crowd-pleasing moves, stunts, balances, and gags with cigar boxes --- leading to hundreds of further combinations. Authored by a noted touring professional, the book includes the history and background of the venerable props, plus valuable insight on comedy, showmanship, and presentation. "All you need to know to learn and perform with cigar boxes." --- Juggler's World Magazine.
Publication Topics: Circus as Performance Art     Circus Schools / Training
"Circus Translations: towards a cultural history of ‘social’ and ‘youth’ circus in Australia."
Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
2013OceaniaResearcher Detail
Description: Conference paper: An examination of Australian youth and social circus history.
Publication Topics: Circus and Education     Circus History – Australian     Circus Schools / Training
"Re-routing traditional circus performance: towards a cultural history of community circus in Australia."
Annual Conference for the International Federation for Theatre Research (Barcelona, Spain)
2013OceaniaResearcher Detail
Description: Conference paper: Examination of cultural history of Australian circus communities.
Publication Topics: Circus and Education     Circus History – Australian
“From the Traditional Travelling Circus to the Global Zoo: the persistence of ‘performing’ animal shows in the 21st century”A World of Popular Entertainments: An Edited Volume of Critical EssaysCambridge Scholars Publishing
2012Asia
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Publication Topics: Animals in the Circus / Training / Exhibition / Protests
The Circus and Modernity: A Commitment to "the newer?" and "the newest."Early Popular Visual Culture 10:2 (2012): 169-185.
2012Europe
Oceania
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Publication Topics: Circus History – Australian     Circus History – European     Circus Technology / Mechanization / Innovation
Circus and Sumo: Tradition, Innovation and Oppportunism at the Australian CircuTheatre Research International 37:3 (2012): 265-282.
2012Asia
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Publication Topics: Circus History – Australian
Negotiating National Identity at the Circus: The FitzGerald Brothers’ Circus in Melbourne, 1892Australasian Drama Studies 54 (Apr 2009): 68-86.
2009OceaniaResearcher Detail
Publication Topics: Circus History – Australian
Political Animals: Engagements with Imperial and Gender Discourses in Late-Colonial Australian CircusesTheatre Journal 60.4 (2008): 609-629
2008OceaniaResearcher Detail
Publication Topics: Animals in the Circus / Training / Exhibition / Protests     Circus History – Australian