CircUS Project Workshops 

Presented by Australian Council for the Arts & Healthway Drug Aware .

On Sat 13 December 2014 the CircUS Project celebrated their final milestone event for the year, with the CircUS troupe showcasing the skills they have learnt in a Christmas Finale performance. The young performers showcased the physical theatre and circus skills they had mastered including balancing, stilt walking, aerobatics, juggling, diablo and much more.

The CircUS Project, led by Isobel Lyall from Disco Cantito, invited people aged 10 -17 years whose physical activity is impacted by disability to take part in a series of 20 fun weekly circus workshops and then perform their skills at a series of community events. The workshops were also open to siblings, parents, friends and people who do not identify as having a disability.

The CircUS troupe shared their skills with the crowds at the Darlington Arts Festival and Swan View Show in November and most recently, at Brown Park Recreation Centre for the Christmas Finale.

The project, supported by the Australia Council, Healthway Drug Aware, Shire of Mundaring, Mundaring Arts Centre, Disco Cantito, DADAA WA and a community steering committee provided a fantastic, supportive environment to teach coordination, flexibility, positive risk taking and the ability to support others.

The circus skills program created an environment that was fun and non-competitive whilst challenging each participant’s motor, sensory and social skills. Long-term it is hoped the circus workshops can become a regular program to develop a youth circus troupe to share skills, socialise and perform.