Circus Oz announces new Fellows and Associates

Monday 18 October 2021

Circus Oz Fellows
Circus Oz 2021 Fellows. Image provided by Circus Oz

Circus Oz is sharing their world-class circus centre and resources through the creation of a new Circus Arts Incubator. The incubator aims to provide an environment that is primed to support artists’ practice and strengthening and fostering creative community. Congratulations to their recently announced Fellows and Associates. 

Five Fellowships valued at $40,000 each have been awarded to the following artists (in alphabetical order).

Harley Mann, a Wakka Wakka man from Queensland who grew up Gadigal country, Mann is interested in the value of land and how it holds memory and the relationships to country. His driving ambition is to establish a First Nations physical movement and circus company.  

Award winning Jarred Dewy hails from Adelaide, is a NICA graduate and spent 9 years as part of the Circa ensemble. Jarred’s fellowship will focus on the identity of all things “queer, raw, subversive and surreal through a hybrid of acrobatics and drag”.  

Acclaimed artist, Jess Love, will focus the fellowship on stories told through beautiful images and physical feats. Jess wants to challenge the status quo on gender, sexuality, lifestyle and “make work for children that teaches them that difference is exciting and cool”. 

Mitch Jones is a physical performer with over a decade of experience creating thought provoking and playful shows that experiment with genre and style. He wants to explore dynamic ideas about greed and altruism, social inclusion and exclusion, beauty and ugliness, crime and obedience, within a unique style that is absurd, darkly comical, and visually surreal. 

Roya the Destroya is a strong believer that every day is an adventure. She is a passionate street performing artist who plays with her abilities to shock and disrupt the stranger into a soulful and joyful exchange. Roya has performed in events and festivals around the world from busking in the Middle East and performing at the White House. The Fellowship for Roya is driven by an ambition to create works that amplify representation and experiences for disability artists and audiences.  

The line-up of Associates
Through the Associate program 100 artist will be supported. The companies, collectives and individuals in alphabetical order are: 

Groups and companies 
A Good Catch  
Dummies Corp 
Headfirst Acrobats  
One Fell Swoop  
Stunned Mullet  
Variation 3  

Individual circus artists  
Amy Nightingale-Olsen  
Anna Lumb  
Ben Cooper  
Bridie Hooper  
Cameron Taylor  
Ciara Thorburn  
Gabriel Fenwick  
Jake Silvestro  
James Bartlett  
Lucy Tan  
Natalie Frijia  
Winter Chapman  

For more information head to the Circus Oz website



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