Big Tricks Need Assiduous Spotters


As a circus artist, doing the unthinkable – taking a chance and leaping – requires a level of trust that defies logic. It’s often unspoken and deeply ingrained. This trust is what allows us to do the unthinkable.

Australian circus is internationally regarded among the best in the world. Despite this reputation, within Australia the sector has marginal representation in the performing arts, and is working with bare-minimum resources.

With more First Nations artists making and touring work, this moment is an opportunity to cement First Nations Sovereign practice at the forefront of the Australian circus sector.

Harley Mann is Artistic Custodian of Na Djinang Circus, and Artistic Director of Circa Cairns. In this discussion, Harley shares his view of First Nations Circus, its complexity, where it sits currently, and what is needed by community to be an assiduous spotter.

Please note that this discussion is intended as a sector wide discussion and is curated for representatives of funding bodies, presenting organisations, and non-First Nations circus companies and individuals.


Date: Tue 27 Feb
Time: 11:15-12:00
Location: Adelaide Convention Centre