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Researchers found that circus activities improve movement competencies, confidence and motivation. (© Marie-Andrée Lemire, École nationale de cirque, 2019)

Taking the circus to school: How kids benefit from learning trapeze, juggling and unicycle in gym class

Teaching circus arts — from juggling to trapeze — in physical education classes increased children’s physical literacy, resilience and participation, ​with greater gender equity.
Emily Gare, Tara Silcock, and Lachlan Sukroo perform a ‘precarious’ shoulder balance. Rob Blackburn

Circus Oz serves spectacle in garden-inspired Precarious

Precarious, the latest offering from Circus Oz, centres around the tale of a missing seed. It is suitably staged in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens.
Circus and opera crash together in Cirque de la Symphonie. Daniel Aulsebrook

Sequins and symphonies: how opera ran away with the circus

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.
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.

Contemporary art, animals and ethics: Pierre Huyghe’s interspecies worlds

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.
Circus posters. flickr

Circus and politics: a very Australian mix

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. AAP/Paul Miller

Theatre of disarray: Tabac Rouge at the 2015 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…

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