Circus Oz and Riverside present
The ice caps are melting and all Polar Bear wants to do is get home and have fresh penguin for lunch! Will she make it in time? Will you be able to stop her from eating one of those cute penguins? Fun for the whole family, Aurora is the latest creation by Circus Oz, featuring a host of silly and loveable arctic characters all performing spectacular acrobatic feats and hilarious physical comedy that will leave you gasping and laughing with delight.
You’ll love the adorable antics of the troupe of silly penguins as they ice-slide and fly high through the air. Journey with Polar Bear as she sings, foot-juggles and climbs her way to impossible heights. Watch in awe as an acrobat head-balances precariously upside down, suspended over an ominous vat of toxic waste.
With original live music from the Circus Oz band, Aurora will have you chair-dancing and bopping along for all 70 minutes of live action-packed entertainment. Aurora is your gateway to a wintry wonderland of stunning visual artistry, jaw-dropping acrobatics and a story of hope for humanity … and polar bears and penguins!
Let your spirit soar with Circus Oz and Aurora.
Photography by: Mark Turner & Rob Blackburn
Suitable for the whole family
Adam Malone: Performer
Having started his performing career at an early age of 12, Adam stems from a traditional background in circus, and a well-rounded upbringing in gymnastics. Adam is a multi-skilled artist, specializing in Hula Hoops and the elusive Washington Trapeze. Adam brings a wealth of experience and unique talent coupled with a visually creative focus to all his performances as both a soloist and ensemble member, which include various ground and aerial acrobatic acts, drag, dance, musical theatre and physical theatre.
Jeremy Hopkins: Musical Director
Jeremy is a versatile performer with extensive experience as a drummer, vocalist, voice-over artist and actor.In his teens he appeared as the villainous Phillip Bailey in the kids’ comedy TV show Pigs Breakfast, with appearances in Neighbours, Winners and Losers, Blue Heelers, The Saddle Club to follow. After studying jazz drumming at the Victorian College of the Arts, Jeremy has branched out to perform with a diverse range of artists including Bob Downe, Rhonda Burchmore, Sarah Blasko, Denise Drysdale, Whitaker, The DC3, The Ten Tenors, Wendy Stapleton, Gossling and Marina Prior.
Jillibalu Riley: Performer
Jillibalu was born in Cairns Baise Hospital Far North Queensland 11.03.1994, growing up majority of his child hood was between Cairns and Kuranda. Surrounded by Creeks and Rivers and beaten by the humid Tropical North Jillibalu and his siblings loved spending every afternoon down by the creek swimming and running in and around the scrub(bush). Performance for Jillibalu started at five years old, first ever performance was at the Moomba Festival Melbourne with the Mayi Wunba Dance troop. Then to the Laura Dance Festival in 2003 where Jillibalu would perform with his family every year the festival was held even till this day.
Josie Wardrope: Performer
From a childhood spent exploring playgrounds, climbing trees and excelling in soccer and little athletics, circus was a natural progression for Josie. Her spark for physicality led her to NICA where she specialised in Swinging Trapeze and Handstands. Now a cheerful, vivacious and diverse performer, Josie graduated with a Bachelor of Circus Arts in 2012 and has been expanding her repertoire throughout Australia and beyond ever since.
Matthew Brown: Performer
Mathew James Brown is an Artist/Performer/Guitarist from Melbourne Australia. His career spans more than 15 years within the entertainment industry. Creating and Performing for well known and respected contemporary circus based companies: Cirque Eloize, Circa Contemporary Circus, Circus Oz, Cavalia, Cirque Du Soleil and Franco Dragone Entertainment Group – where for 3 years ‘Mat’ performed an Aerial Straps/House Troupe roll in Macau, China – for ‘The House Of Dancing Water’ currently among the largest aquatic shows in the world, which rivals the show creators previous efforts of Le Re’ve’ and Cirque Du Soliel’s ‘O’.
Sam Aldham: Performer
Sam Aldham began his life in circus at a young age, his father was a world famous human cannonball but was one day shot to far from the cannon into the ocean which led Sam to pursue a career in circus in hope to find his father who was never found. He started this journey in 2004 working at Club Med resorts as a flying trapeze performer and instructor. After travelling through resorts in Asia and France as a flyer and catcher he returned to Melbourne where he joined Flying Trapeze Australia. He performed and taught in festivals including Summer Fun Festival in Melbourne, Tasmanian Circus Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Moomba Festival Melbourne. He also travelled to Abu Dhabi for a month-long summer festival.
Selene Messinis: Performer
Selene Messinis is a Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer, known for her versatility and strength of sound. Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015, she now regularly performs in venues and at corporate events across Melbourne as a solo artist, session musician and collaborator with a number of different ensembles: co-founded contemporary trio, ISM, minimalist jazz-funk outfit RAMEN, and numerous other pop/electronic projects (piano and voice). She has performed for projects with the Arts Centre, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Stonnington Jazz Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the St. Kilda Festival .
Tara Silcock: Performer
Tara Silcock is just one happy little lady. After being inspired watching a man balance four chairs on his face, Tara enrolled into her first ever circus class the day before her eighth birthday. She hasn’t stopped since.She completed a Bachelor of Circus Arts at the National Institute of Circus Arts specialising in foot juggling and hula hoops.
Zoë Marshall: Performer
is a captivating and multi-talented artist. From a young age she has been passionate about living an active and creative lifestyle.In 2015 she was accepted into company Co3 for contemporary dance in Perth WA. Her creative flair and dedication to the arts grew as she completed elite training in the Bachelor Programme at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in Melbourne 2018. Zoë’s specialties include Aerial Hoop, Group Acrobatics, Juggling, Tumbling and Head-balance.
Senior Circus Artist & Rigging Designer
“amazing physical feats abound.” “high-energy, non-stop entertainment” – Limelight ****
“I was blown away!” “a show the entire family can enjoy.” “Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the big top with Circus Oz again.” “Everyone will leave Aurora with a huge smile on their face” – What Did She Think *****
“we just love it” “the perfect school holiday entertainment for all ages” – Tot: Hot or Not
“Aurora is solid, kid-friendly holiday entertainment.” – MeeToo
“extraordinary acts… with audible gasps from the audience” “an enjoyable romp for all of its spectators.” – Theatre Press
“The musicians, Jeremy Hopkins and Selene Messinis, are fabulous” “A bouncy, buoyant reiteration of the company’s manifesto.” –Time Out ***