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The Academy will create a springboard into real pathways and opportunities in the performing arts industry, including community and contemporary circus, stunt work, theatre arts, dance, and technical production – with rippling impacts locally, nationally, and internationally.
From our unique soil and under the canopy of the Freo Big Top, it supports young emerging circus and physical theatre artists from our three current Youth programs:
And of great importance, this Program will be a part of the fuel needed to change community perceptions and attitudes towards young people, people with disabilities, Aboriginal youth, and diversity of human experiences.
The Academy is designed for young people who love being part of the circus community and would like to continue to improve their artistic, creative and performance skills, and for those who have ambitions to pursue circus arts and performance arts as a career.
This program is unique not only because it’s the only circus academy in WA, but with diversity and inclusion at its core, it develops access pathways for participants of all abilities and backgrounds.
Circus is a powerful agent for social change by promoting resilience, self-confidence, self-efficacy, and the ability to work well in a team.
All our social circus programmes are widely accessible and inclusive, allowing participants to realise their potential in accordance with their own abilities.
The Program aims to create work that is of equal social and artistic excellence. We believe it is important to involve our young artists in projects which are entirely inclusive and where the process is safe and nurturing but also where the final product is of high artistic quality.
There is a clear link between CircusWA’s strategy and the long-term outcomes that this new Program will create for social, artistic and cultural impact.
Together we are community
Our impact is only as great as the support we receive.
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.