Women’s Circus is a deeply interconnected and cohesive creative community in Melbourne’s West. For over 30 years we have created an inclusive space for those of a marginalised gender to connect, to develop self-confidence and ultimately find a community that positively transforms their lives.
Since 1991, Women’s Circus has made over 35 shows, performed to audiences of over 50,000 people, partnered on over 300 community projects, delivered thousands of circus workshops, employed hundreds of artists and trained thousands in circus and performance, using its model of intersectional feminism and community cultural development practice.
Women’s Circus has embedded access and inclusion deeply within the fabric of our organisation. Building on years of programs working with d/Deaf and Disabled artists and ensuring access and inclusion, 2020 saw the creation of an Inclusive Ensemble. The ensemble’s creative enquiry is grounded in the principles of aesthetic access and collaborative models of art making exemplified by Weave Movement Theatre, Back to Back, Rawcus, and the UK’s renowned Extraordinary Bodies.
The eight members of the Inclusive Ensemble embody diverse identities, perspectives and experiences and come from practices spanning circus, dance and theatre. Members identify as being first generation Australians, mothers, Disabled, Deaf, aging, early career, queer, gender diverse, and this makes both the ensemble itself and the work they create so artistically and culturally rich. The ensemble is supported by a creative team, childcare workers, support workers and all the Women’s Circus staff.