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Cir­cus Oz Big Top heads to Royal Botanic Gar­dens Vic­to­ria to un­ravel the min­istry of na­ture 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.

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 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.”

Pre­car­i­ous Cir­cus Oz Big Top Pre­miere 26 June – 15 July 2018 Cir­cus Oz Big Top Royal Botanic Gar­dens Vic­to­ria, South­ern Cross Lawn Ad­dress en­ter via the Ob­ser­va­tory Gate on Bird­wood Av­enue (op­po­site the Shrine of Re­mem­brance) $35 – $60 (plus book­ing fees) Book­ings at www.tick­etek.com.au

The Cir­cus Oz sea­son of Pre­car­i­ous is gen­er­ously sup­ported by the City of Mel­bourne. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Cir­cusOz, go to www.cir­cusoz.com, www.face­book.com/cir­cusoz, www.twit­ter.com/cir­cusoz and www.in­sta­gram.com/cir­cusoz

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