Jabberwock-inspired Spaghetti Circus show aims for Com Games
AERIAL stunts from fig tree branches, back flips off farm machinery and handstands on stilts will be just some of the death-defying displays from Spaghetti Circus performers taking part in a new Lewis Carroll inspired creative development project.
The project, dubbed 'The Borogroves' will begin with a performance at this year's Mullum Circus Festival and culminate, hopefully, with a performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Spaghetti Circus Creative Director Simone O'Brien said the creative development project had only been possible thanks to funding from Arts NSW Regional Theatre projects.
Last month it was announced Spaghetti Circus would receive $59,998 to partner with renowned Stalker Stilt Theatre to develop a highly visual circus and stilt performance based on Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky.
Ms O'Brien said the funding allowed the circus to invite high calibre guest artists to share skills with Spaghetti members and help develop new forms to "shift assumptions of what youth circus can be."
"We are so excited to be collaborating with such an incredibly talented team of expert artists and theatre makers to make a new work for Spaghetti Circus at the Mullum Circus Festival," she said.
"Guest artists include stilt acrobatics expert David Clarkson from Stalker Theatre in Sydney and local artists Joey Ruigrok, Rich Morrod and Steve Rosewell (Studio Kite) who will re-imagine circus gear, stilts, agricultural machinery, film props and old caravans to create a thrilling set for the show.'
Ms O'Brien said The Borogroves production was inspired by the Lewis Carroll nonsense poem 'The Jabberwocky' and the 2013 Mullum Circus Festival Opening Night performance in the fig trees choreographed and directed by Leonie Mills.
"I wanted to revisit the trees as a performance site because it was such a magical experience," she said.
"We have such an incredible wealth of talent in Spaghetti Circus."