Women*s Circus is Named Recipient of the Public Realm Performance Commission

We are delighted to share that the fabulous folk at Women*s Circus are the recipients of the Public Realm Performance Commission for Deaf and disabled artists, jointly offered by Arts Centre Melbourne and Metro Tunnel Creative Program, with a creative development produced by Performing Lines.

Their successful pitch was for work titled MOMENTUM which will occur in and around the Arts Centre Melbourne precinct, reimagining the body and its relationship to space, and in doing so challenging our preconceptions about normativity. In order to deliver the project Women*s Circus will establish a new ensemble of disabled and non-disabled female identifying and non-binary circus artists.

Audiences will be guided in groups safely and accessibly through a course of
performances featuring balancing acts, aerial dancing, magic tricks and fortune telling, and much more.

In traversing the various sites within the work the audience is invited to consider the nontraditional circus apparatus used as an extension of, or in response to the individual bodies of each circus performer.

In this way public space is elevated to more than a background setting for our daily lives, and is instead interrogated as a barrier to the body.

Performing Lines is excited to be leading the creative development of MOMENTUM with such a passionate and inspiring company.

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Image credit: Marie Watt

Art making is [its] declaration for a collective vision of a more just and equal society. – Women*s Circus

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.