About Us

Our Herstory & Philosophy

Women’s Circus is a not for profit arts organisation offering a year round circus and performance training program and producing socially engaged arts projects for women and their communities.

We work with individuals and communities and foster collaborations between community participants and professional artists.

Our training and creative programs celebrate the physical and imaginative potential of the human body and nurture self-awareness and self-esteem.

Women’s Circus is a feminist organisation dedicated to individual well-being of women and connectedness within and across their communities.

We Value: Empathy and Imagination; Risk, Inclusion, Excellence and InnovationThese values and beliefs help define all aspects of our organisational and artistic approach- with whom and how we work, the programs and projects we offer, the creative topics we explore, the landscapes we traverse and the partnerships we foster.
Empathy and Imagination

As a feminist organisation, we position empathy as one of the most powerful forces for social change. Imagination allows us to offer a vision of what this change might be.

Risk

Taking risks – both physical and creative – in a safe and supportive space can expand an individual’s and a community’s belief in what is possible.

Inclusion

We strive to create inclusive projects so that those who face barriers – of gender, age, experience, access, cultural background, mental health, sexual identity – have the opportunity to participate in training, development and creative opportunities.

Excellence and Innovation

In our training programs, projects, productions and company operations, we strive for excellence in both what we provide and how we provide it. We are dedicated to finding new ways that are at once poetic and political, to tell stories, explore themes, raise issues, share knowledge and work together.

Herstory &

Achievements.

Women’s Circus has provided training and creative opportunities for community participants and women artists since 1991 when it was founded to work with women who were the survivors of violence or abuse as a project of the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Twenty-five years later, Women’s Circus is still proudly based in Melbourne’s vibrant West and now works with women of all ages, experience levels and cultural backgrounds as well as with our local communities. We honour the important legacy of our organisation and the work, commitment and achievements of all those women who have gone before us. We today ‘stand on the shoulders of giants!’

Awards

Women’s Circus has received numerous awards throughout its history including:

2013 Arts Victoria ‘ Great Partnership’ Award for The Perfect Moment, Extended Schools Residency project

2010 Innovation Award, Melbourne Fringe Festival

2005 Melbourne Award for Community Development

2001 Green Room Award for Outstanding Contribution for Melbourne Fringe

2003 Most Innovative Theatre Work nomination in the Green Room Awards

Outstanding Fringe Production – Nominated five times by the Melbourne Fringe Festival

International Work

Women’s Circus has been involved with many international projects:

Learning the Ropes – a creative exchange with Circus Kathmandu, 2017-2018

Out of the Box – a tour of work and workshops throughout regional France, 2012

Toured to Beijing, China as part of the UN’s Conference on Women, 1995

Publications and Docos

Women’s Circus featured in several publications:

Leaping Off the Edge, Documentary films, Ronin Films, 2002

Women’s Circus: Leaping off the Edge, published by Spinifex,1997

Festivals & Conferences

Women’s Circus has featured in numerous festivals including The Melbourne Fringe Festival, Big West Festival, Midsumma, Moomba, Melbourne Comedy Festival @ the Famous Spiegel Tent, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Pride March, Mooney Valley and Laverton Festivals.

Women’s Circus has spoken about our work at various forums, conferences and events such as Feminist Futures Conference, Reconnexion’s Annual National Anxiety and Depression Conference, Kensington Women’s Group International Women’s Day Celebration, Preventing Violence Against Women community conference, UNESCO conference, International Women’s Day.

Women’s Circus provides opportunities for any woman to develop self-confidence, skills and creativity using social circus and performance.

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