Circus: a double bill – The Brink at JWCoCA

The Brink presents a double bill of circus at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts featuring the World Premiere of Natano Faanana’s new work, Baggage Carousel followed by Jess Love’s And The Little One Said.

Ever wondered what it’s like to grow up in the world of circus? Natano Faanana’s comically endearing new work Baggage Carousel takes the audience on a journey of discovery; following three teenage Brisbane circus stars as they share their personal stories on stage.

Growing up as a teenager has its ups and downs. But growing up as a teenage circus performer has its ups, downs, twists and half turns. What happens when the little cutesy star of a show turns into a teenager? When did the lanky, uncoordinated, nervous boy become a man? Why does the teenage girl who turned heads because of her height and talent now turn heads for other reasons?

In his directorial debut, circus legend Natano Faanana (Briefs) explores the inevitable shift from child star to their next incarnation. Three of Brisbane’s brightest young circus artists, T’La Morrow, Rhett Morrow and Abbey Church, recount their slightly charming but mostly awkward and confronting transitional years into adulthood.

Baggage Carousel is an energetic, engaging and truly intimate performance.

The second show within this double bill is the award-winning sell-out premiere season of And The Little One Said. Don’t miss Jess Love of The Candy Butchers and her “hilarious” but “death defying” and “charming” solo show.

Through dark clowning, dirty acrobatics and surreal sideshow feats including roller- skating and a hula-hoop this brilliantly skilful, quirky comedienne creates carefully crafted circus through clever storytelling, awe-inspiring imagery and a healthy dose of slapstick.

Written and performed by Jess Love (Circus Oz, Circa) and directed by Stephen Burton, And The Little One Said combines high-level circus skills with pathos, humour and beauty to create a performance that is touching, enchanting and playful.

The Brink is a celebration of Australia’s newest and most exciting circus companies.