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This circus program has been developed to support diverse physical and intellectual abilities. While we would love to include students with disabilities into our mainstream programs, the rigours and demands of circus and safety does not allow for such a breadth of abilities. So, in 2018, supported by DADAA, we began to explore and develop a unique and supportive program that could cater for the needs of disabled kids and teens who love to engage physically with the world around them. This program supports young bodies to get fit and strong, and to grow young minds artistically – not matter their disability.
By removing the barriers to cultural participation for children with disabilities, the program offers skills development, creativity and social connection.
Together we are a community
All ages (ages 8-18)
This weekly Training Program is designed to support children and teens with diverse physical and intellectual abilities. In these classes we aim to remove the barriers to cultural participation for children with disabilities and offer opportunities for physical strength and skills training alongside creativity, mentoring, social connection and career pathways.
This program occurs during term times in holidays as intensive programs when funding permits. If you have any questions or you wish to be considered for future programs, please call us to discuss your child’s unique abilities.
BYO: laughter, determination and support person if required
Come give it a go!
FEES: $50 per term
In 2018, a collaboration between DADAA and CircusWA produced Experience Collider – a performance project for teenagers with high support needs disabilities and our Youth Troupe performers. Supported by Telethon and the Telethon Kids Institute, the project saw 30 young people aged 13 to 19 work together for 18 months to create, rehearse and ultimately perform Experience Collider at the State Theatre Centre as part of the 2019 AWESOME Festival.
The show was described as a journey during which all the young people moved through the experience together, all exploring it differently – some suspended in the air, some in chairs or on wheeled platforms, some singing, some carrying lights or video cameras, and some vocalising or signing. They needed to find a way through the Collider as a group, each taking turns but always together.
Our All Abilities Training Programs, like Experience Collider, aim to:
To read more about the impact and outcomes of this program, and the QI-Disability evaluation framework developed as an outcome measure for Experience Collider, please see the Impact Report by Telethon Kids Institute.Impact Report Experience ColliderDownload
The Circulate Y16+ has been designed to support young people at risk of or emerging from homelessness.
Focusing on self-directed skill development and community building, the Y16+ program has been created in collaboration with APM Communities, Ruah, Fremantle Mind, The City of Fremantle, Life Without Barriers (Ngatti House) and Anglicare (Y-Shac).
You can read more about Circulate Y16+ here.
This program is currently on hold until further funding.
CircusWA acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation are the spiritual and cultural birdiyangara (custodians) of the land upon which we train, create and perform.
Fremantle is Walyalup, sited on the banks of the Derbal Yerrigan. We recognise this land was never ceded and acknowledge our first people’s continuing connection to boodja (land), kayep (waters) and Noongar culture.
We pay respect to our Elders past and present.