Exciting action at Circus Oz

April 07, 2017

Jarred Dewey, Olivia Porter and Lachlan Sukroo will be leaping into action for the high octane Model Citizens show.

Stunning acrobatics, live music and amazing visuals from Circus Oz’s Model Citizens production are coming to Mooroopna’s Westside Performing Arts Centre on Saturday.

‘‘There’s lots of action from some of the best circus artists in the country,’’ artistic director Rob Tannion said.

‘‘Imagine acrobats leaping through a pair of giant scissors and balancing on a suspended bridge 6m in the air.’’

‘‘Shepparton is one of the first stops for a new ensemble that features big visual props and everyday objects that become part of the circus.’’

The circus set itself is themed on an old-style plastic model kit home and acrobats inside play on the concept of modern Australian society.

‘‘It’s a fun journey into what is our society as a model kit world; we live in a time now where everyone wants to fit in, but we all want to be individual at the same time and the production asks how does this society deal with an outsider coming in,’’ Mr Tannion said.

He said it’s an all-ages show with great action and visuals.

The tour began in Dandenong and Ballarat and will soon head to Queensland before returning to Melbourne where the show will spend a month in the big top.

Performer Jarred Dewey and Olivia Porter have both performed at Westside before and said there was a lot of training involved to make sure the show ran smoothly.

‘‘I’ve been an acrobatic for 18 years. I started in gymnastic youth circus in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne and have a bachelor in circus arts and have been working with professional companies for several years now,’’ Mr Dewey said.

‘‘We had an eight-week development process including four weeks of training skills eight hours a day in rehearsal.’’

Mr Dewey plays an overseer who initiates some of the action on the stage and Ms Porter’s role is his counterpart. She is portrayed as a domestic housewife and as the show progresses you see more of her craziness.

‘‘We’re really lucky to be in this job and travel to towns of Australia you wouldn’t often visit — you get in touch with Australia,’’ Ms Porter said.

Riverlinks performing arts and conventions manager Ken Cameron said they were excited to have a major company Circus Oz with an international reputation to perform here.

‘‘I’m looking forward to seeing the show and encourage people to see this show that is perfect for anyone,’’ he said.

Circus Oz Model Citizens, two-hour show (20-minute intermission), will be performed at 1.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday at Westside Performing Arts Centre, Echuca Rd, Mooroopna. Tickets ($37 to $45) can be purchased from Riverlinks website or phone 58329511.

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