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On Saturday 9th November, Cirkus Surreal students performed at Boxgrove as part of Devro’s 40th Anniversary celebrations.

New circus trainer

Cirkus Surreal is very pleased to welcome Stuart Christie to their fold. Stuart will be our principal trainer on a Wednesday for this and next year. He will be conducting training in the morning, sport and will offer assistance with the year 9/10 Circus Studies class. He is also taking a year 7 circus group once a fortnight. His bio is as follows.

Stuart Christie graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2004 with a Bachelor of Circus Arts. He was worked with companies such as: Kage Theatre for the World Expo 2005 in Japan and in their Dance Theatre work Sundowner 2011/12. Circus Oz 2006-08 as a full time performer. Strut’&’Fret Productions in 2008/09 and 2011. Dislocate in South Korea for “3 Speed Crunch Box” in 2011. The Sydney Opera House touring production of “The Mad Hatters Tea Party” in Melbourne and Canberra in 2017, as well as “Captain Hooks Pirate Party” which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2018.

Stuart also performed as a freelance artist in the Melbourne cabaret scene and has also produced the cabaret nights “A little bit of Shhh” 2012/13/14 and “Out of the Box” 2015/16 in Melbourne, Albury/Wodonga, and “¡Ah-Ha!” Katoomba 2017.

In 2009 Stuart premiered his first independent full-length show with fellow performer Kane Pertersen in “Dos or Duo” which was nominated for best Circus show in both the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2009, and Adelaide Fringe 2010. In 2012 Dos or Duo were nominated for the Innovation and Excellence in Circus Green Room award for their second show Dos or Duo “Deux”.

Between contracts and performance, Stuart engaged in teaching circus to both professionals and community from 2003 to the present. This ranged from the performance troupe of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus in Albury, to community workshops with all ability participants with Little Devil Circus south east Melbourne to older age participants from the Fruit Bats Albury. He has also worked with disengaged youth with Circus Oz, as well as serious circus buffs in Tasmania, Mullumbimby and Melbourne Aerial Arts and Circus Festivals.

Whilst living in Melbourne Stuart was one of the main trainers for a 3 term project in Cardinia, one of the outer suburbs in Melbourne working with disengaged youth to create a student lead creation call “Shadows on the Footpath” directed by Luke O’Connor and performed in the Cardinia Theatre on the 21st November 2008.

Most recently after moving from Albury to the Blue Mountains in 2016, Stuart has been teaching for Aerialize Aerial theatre in Canterbury Sydney and in his own classes based in Blackheath, under the name of “Bah-Hah”. The classes he specializes in at Aerialize are: Advanced Corde Lisse (vertical rope), Silks, Double trapeze, Solo static trapeze, and is one of the main trainers for the performance troupe. At Bah-hah he teaches Silks and also a range of acrobatics, tumbling, acro-balance and hand-balancing classes.

Sponsorship news

We are very happy to announce the continued support of Bathurst RSL Club who has just agreed to sponsor our new tour jackets and shirts.

Cirkus Surreal have proudly entered a contract with Mayfield Gardens to perform during their Spring, Summer and Autumn Open Days and special events. We are delighted to have such an inspiring performance space and very grateful for the opportunity. The last two performances, The White Party and Mayfield Garden Media Event have been a wonderful chance to showcase the talent of our troupe to the wider community and of course our unique and beautiful costumes. We will be performing at Mayfield again on October 21st during The Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival and we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership into the future.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors from our previous highly successful international tour and we look forward to their continued support.

2018 Tour announcement

Due to the outstanding success of our previous tours the award-winning troupe Cirkus Surreal are currently planning their fifth International Tour. In April 2018, we will travel to Hawaii. The successful 18 students have been through an extensive audition process and I am proud to recommend such a fine group of young people. They are aged between 14 and 18, both girls and boys. They will be accompanied by their director, Ms. Stephanie Brown, teacher Mr. Tarquin Halls, Creative and Performing Arts Head Teacher Ms. Selina Ash, rigger and photographer Mr. Ben Cox, rigger Mr. Trevor Gunter and welfare support officer Miss Alexandra Brown.

If you are interested in sponsoring our troupe, please read our sponsorship package which is available on our Contact us page.

Cirkus Surreal attracts a wide range of media coverage and we anticipate this as we commence our tour.

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