The Investiture of Zimri Lim Fresco from the palace of Mari gives us an image of royal ideology in the ancient Middle East.
The huppû, from modern-day Syria were celebrated athletes, trained in specialist academies, touring to foreign kingdoms, and facing the threat of arts funding cuts.
Researchers found that circus activities improve movement competencies, confidence and motivation.
(© Marie-Andrée Lemire, École nationale de cirque, 2019)
Teaching circus arts — from juggling to trapeze — in physical education classes increased children’s physical literacy, resilience and participation, with greater gender equity.
Yaya Stempler/Sydney Festival
Yaron Lifschitz’s spellbinding physical drama has just the right amount of play, death-defying tricks and whimsical imagery.
A mural of Cardi B updated by the artist Colton Valentine to include a face mask in San Antonio. Cardi B’s instagram post, ‘Shit is getting real’ went viral.
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Now that we know what essential work is, it seems the perfect time to reflect upon the not-so-essential work of celebrities.
Under director Yaron Lifschitz, this version of Orpheus and Eurydice is interested in exploring the tragedy implicit in this story.
Jade Ferguson/Opera Queensland
This new version of Gluck’s opera, from Opera Queensland and Circa, is raw, physical and confronting. Completely captivating and deeply moving.
Rock Bang tells the story of Astrid and Otto from Die Roten Punkte as they flee to Berlin.
A new show pairs the acrobatic skills of Circus Oz with the local comedians Die Roten Punkte.
Performers in Circa’s En Masse.
The incredible physical control of the Circa acrobats, and their ability to make bodies seem weightless, is breathtaking.
Emily Gare, Tara Silcock, and Lachlan Sukroo perform a ‘precarious’ shoulder balance.
Precarious, the latest offering from Circus Oz, centres around the tale of a missing seed. It is suitably staged in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens.
From its origin in the early 19th century, lion taming has elicited both awe and horror.
Circus Oz’s Model Citizens seamlessly intertwines entertainment with political and social commentary.
Circus Oz’s latest show furthers the company’s commitment to politically driven, gender balanced circus.
Two animal rights experts see little reason to cheer that a circus is closing, as long as humans keep eating meat and dairy products.
Zoos, emphasising natural behaviour and conservation, remain more popular than ever.
With circuses on the wane, are our attitudes towards animals improving?
While hugely popular for a time, the advent of the three ring circus invited animal cruelty complaints and led to the demise of more skilled circus artistry.
Circus and opera crash together in Cirque de la Symphonie.
Barriers between artforms are tumbling down in three recent productions that mix circus and opera. The shows range from sombre to silly, but all hit magnificent high notes.
No more breeding, but still on exhibit.
The history of displaying exotic animals seems to be one of evolving public expectations about what constitutes acceptable conditions. Is it a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same?
Paul Meyerheim’s Victorian menagerie.
Exotic animal escapes are relatively rare today, but in the 19th century it wasn’t unusual to find a tiger loose in the street.
A dying breed?
This is not an animal rights issue – it’s a question of other people’s ethics.
The use of live animals in the visual arts provokes important ethic questions. Pictured: Pierre Huyghe Untilled (2011-2012).
Courtesy the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris; Esther Schipper, Berlin.
An exhibition of works by contemporary French artist Pierre Huyghe raises questions around the ethical treatment of animals by artists - and whether live animals have a place in the visual arts.
Contemporary circus and circus-infused physical theatre are amongst Australia’s most innovative and in-demand cultural exports. It’s a performance craft with a proud history behind it.
James Thierrée’s Tabac Rouge - a ghoulish dreamscape “choreodrama” at Sydney Festival.
French circus performer and director James Thierrée famously eschews comparison with his grandfather Charlie Chaplin, to whom he bears a conspicuous resemblance. But as he and his troupe stood on stage…