Project Description

Project Brief

An annual program of training in circus performance skills culminating in a performance at the Crush Festival in October.

The Circa Crush Project offered skills development workshops for young acrobats, gymnasts, dancers and performers at both beginner and intermediate levels. This project ran annually from 2015-2017 and culminated in a performance with a uniquely local flavour at the Crush Festival in October each year. This was a 3-year collaboration between Bundaberg’s Creative Regions and Brisbane’s C!RCA.

In the first year, Creative Regions secured funding from the Federal Government through Festivals Australia to partner with Circa. This topped up funding received through the Regional Arts Development Fund through the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to kick start the project in early 2015.

In late 2015, C!rca secured funding for two years through the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation to continue the program and in 2016 Creative Regions successfully obtained a further 2 years of funding through Festivals Australia.

Circa is a Brisbane based company who has created a boutique contemporary artform from the traditional languages of circus. Alive to improvisation, multi-media and collaborations, infused with an immersive use of light and sound and featuring startlingly re-imagined circus skills, the work is a new frontier in circus arts.

Circa Crush involved part-time Trainers in residence conducting workshops beginning in February and continuing throughout the year during school holidays. Bree Le Cornu, Pitisi Hatcher, Casey Douglas and Anelyse Keane shared the roles of training and choreographing the shows in collaboration with program participants.

The community benefits included skill development, creation of relevant new work with a uniquely local flavour, enhancing cooperation in the dance and gymnastics sectors and contributing the growth of the Crush Festival. It brought qualified circus trainers to collaboratively develop quality new work resulting in a fresh, vibrant addition to Crush. This project was enthusiastically supported by the local dance and gymnastics sectors and the Bundaberg Regional Council.

The Circa Crush Performance Team was selected through an audition process annually.  The 2015 show highlighted Bundaberg’s aviation history with performances at the Bundaberg Basketball Stadium and at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art in Brisbane.  In 2016, the Performance Team were joined by members of Brisbane’s Circa Zoo youth ensemble, producing a show based on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.  The 2017 show was choreographed to reflect our farming community.

We thank C!RCA and their fantastic trainers for 3 wonderful years with this program.

  • The Crush Festival is a Bundaberg Regional Council Event managed by Creative Regions and supported by Tourism Events Queensland
  • The February 2015 workshop series was supported by the RADF Program. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Bundaberg Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
  • The remainder of the project is supported by Festivals Australia, a program of the Australia Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
  • We also thank the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation for their support.
  • Thanks to Circa for their valued contribution to our community in making this program happen, particularly our trainers Bree Le Cornu, Pitisi Hatcher, Casey Douglas and Anelyse Keane.
  • Thank you also to YMCA Bundaberg and PCYC Bundaberg for their in-kind venue support.

Photo Credits

Paul Beutel Photography

Elke McCrystal