Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 17 April - 18 April 2020
Category Live Event

Circus Oz and Riverside present

Dive into a wondrous realm of stunning visual projections, jaw-dropping acrobatics and awe-inspiring artistry with Aurora these April School Holidays.

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, this exhilarating 70-minute voyage of action-packed entertainment including impossibly intricate foot-juggling, hair-raising balances, breathtaking hula hooping and physical comedy will take you out of this world.

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

Shani Stephens: Performer
Shani Stephens is an Australian Acrobat and Handbalancer who grew up in a little country town in Queensland. Shani’s acrobatic journey started with gymnastics classes in a worn out tin shed at the age of 9, which formed the idea that she was happiest when she was upside down. Shani loved the discipline and technique of gymnastics but craved creative physical expression, and therefore decided at the age of 15 to relocate to Albury to join the Flying Fruit Fly Circus

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.

Kate Freyer
Kate has been a performer, director, teacher and writer of circus and physical theatre for over 20 years. Combining story-telling and physical mayhem she has travelled the globe directing and performing at Street Festivals, Major Events and in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres. Kate is currently at Circus Oz, as the Artistic Facilitator and has also been a director, performer, dramaturg and T-shirt seller for the company. She is a founding member and Artistic Director of Dislocate. Kate has also worked with many of Australia’s great circus, physical theatre and theatre companies including Rock N Roll Circus Now Circa), The Malthouse, The Victorian Opera, The Sydney Festival, The Queensland Theatre Company, Legs On The Wall, The Australian Shakespeare Company, Showtech and Strut n Fret. She has directed large-scale outdoor spectaculars for The Melbourne Commonwealth Games, The Valladolid and Mas Nou festivals in Spain and the Moonee Valley Festival and assisted on the emerging artist program The Exhibitionists, London 2012 Olympic Cultural Program. For the National Institute of Circus Arts Kate has directed two full-length works for the international student program, many individual graduation pieces and the 2017 graduation show Circosis. Kate has been an assistant director or dance leader of the Melbourne Moomba parade since 2013.

Baxter Michael
Baxter is a designer, fabricator and maker of sets and props for circus, theatre, dance, film and television. He is a collaborator in creative development and occasionally performs physical comedy, clown and music.After first training as a crayon maker, removalist, town planner and yacht rigger, Baxter was initiated into the performing arts in 1988 producing and performing in a trapeze dance show in Melbourne Fringe. He sailed around for a while, then became a manager of a nursery and organic market garden in Tasmania, working extensively in bushland and water conservation and management. This led to an honours degree in environmental design followed by three years teaching in the University of Tasmania’s architecture department and working on a Masters degree in Design. Over this period Baxter became closely linked to the National Circus Festival based in Tasmania, and returned to the circus, co-founding Raradada Physical Theatre in 1999, once again producing and performing. In 2001 Baxter returned to Melbourne and worked with Circus Oz as a designer and maker. Over the past decade, he has specialized in the creation of unique and unusual equipment, props and sets for a host of companies including Circus Oz, Polyglot, Dislocate, Strange Fruit, The National Institute of Circus Arts, Strut n Fret, Circa, the Candy Butchers and the Melbourne Fringe as well as various arts festivals, film and television productions, and a myriad of fabulous individuals.

Tim Coldwell
Tim is a founding member of Circus Oz. He is an acrobat, trumpeter, clown, Head of Production and, from time to time, tent designer, props engineer, inventor and director. He has previously been the Artistic Director and Chair of the Board.Tim started with Ashton’s Circus in 1974, and co-founded New Circus in Adelaide later the same year. He toured with New Circus and Circus Royale before co-founding Circus Oz in 1978. Tim used to stand on his head on a high wire, and ride the group bike. He also invented and performed the signature Circus Oz Roofwalk Act. In between touring, Tim designed and oversaw the construction of the company’s spectacular, state-of-the-art Big Top, which first unfurled its canvas for Circus Oz performances in Sydney in 2002. Elsewhere Tim has worked as a technical advisor and stunt performer for film and television, walked across the Torrens River on a highwire to open the Adelaide Festival, performed the Roofwalk Act on several international TV shows, and played trumpet and tuba in a couple of bands.


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Dates and Times:

Friday 17 April 2020 at 7:30pm (Opening Night)
Saturday 18 April at 2pm
Saturday 18 April at 7:30pm

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Saturday 18 April at 2pm (Auslan Interpreted)


1 hour 10 minutes (No interval)

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