From the award winning company who brought you KNEE DEEP, now comes the world premiere of DRIFTWOOD.
On Friday 17 June, Brisbane’s Casus Circus presents their highly anticipated new work DRIFTWOOD at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.
Casus Circus explore how our lives are shaped by the humans we encounter as we drift through day-to-day life. The Casus ensemble investigate how the stories of our loved ones, our enemies and complete strangers guide us and determine who we become.
In this colourful and turbulent concoction of pure joy and intimacy, watch Casus bring a blank canvas to life and revel our innate need for human contact.
This is a circus show that doesn’t let you forget that to feel, is to be human and in a moment of danger, a grasping hold is survival.
The unique acrobatic shapes signature to Casus abound in this journey of explosive encounters, hidden looks and humorous discoveries.
This world premiere work features three of the company’s original co-founders, Jesse Scott, Lachlan McAulay and Natano Fa’anana, as well as stand out company members Abbey Church and Kali Retallack.
Be sure to catch this incredible new show and support it on its way to the big top in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival in August this year.
Co-Founder, Creative Director, Company Member
Jesse Scott has been involved with circus since before he could walk.
A graduate of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus Jesse spent 11 years training and touring under the watchful eye of some of the world’s greatest circus trainers.
After graduating in 2004 Jesse toured as a freelance performer working and performing around the world with companies including Legs on the Wall, A4 Circus Ensemble, Candy Stripe Circus and The Australian Opera. He has also been heavily involved with the Brewarrina Youth Circus and Flipside Circus where he has passed on his extensive knowledge of Circus to People age between 4 to 80 years old. In 2008 Jesse became a full time ensemble member with Circa, One of Australia’s leading contemporary Circus Company’s. Jesse worked with the company for three years touring internationally and performing at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. He was also an integral part in the creation of several very successful Circa shows.
Co-Founder, Creative Director, Head Rigger, Company Member
Lachlan McAulay’s love of performing started at the ripe age of 13 when he joined Australia’s leading youth circus The Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Where he began his life of training, touring and performing throughout Australia and the world.
After graduating from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus in 2007 Lachlan continued to develop and refine his skills working as a freelance performer and circus trainer. In 2008 Lachlan was invited to Brisbane to create a new work with Circa Australia’s leading contemporary circus. Lachlan then became a full-time ensemble member with circa travelling Australia and Europe, Performing to standing ovations at the Galway international arts festival, the Edinburgh fringe festival and regional oz among many. Lachlan’s talents do not stop at circus he is also a sort after circus rigger, ropes technician and props maker. In 2011 Lachlan co-founded Casus where he is able to combine all his skills and continually seek out more.
Co-Founder, Creative Director, Company Member
Having grown up in a Samoan family immersed in traditional song and dance, it wasn’t until the age of thirty that Natano decided to pursue a career as a performer. He is the sixth member of Polytoxic Theatre Company, the co-creator and performer of Briefs: All Male Review and contemporary circus company, Casus. Natano’s unconventional method of learning circus from individuals rather than schools or institutions has allowed him to create a unique style. Natano’s fresh approach to circus draws inspiration from his Pacific routes, his style now recognised widely by the Circus community. With a broad experience in circus skills, specializing mainly in aerials, he is also a trainer for Brisbane-based companies Circa, Flipside Youth Circus and numerous community outreach arts organisations. Natano has been engaged as an arts worker for Human Ventures (formerly Speak Out), teaching circus skills, dance and music to children in some of Queensland’s most remote Indigenous communities.
Abbey Church began performing her Circus training at the age of 4. Growing up with Flipside Youth Circus in Brisbane she is no stranger to the stage. Performing Nationally and Internationally both as a solo artist and with Australian based companies ‘Twisted Hitch’ and the ‘Crack up Sisters’ Abbey brings a diverse performing quality to Casus, specialising in Aerial work with a true passion for Trapeze.
Off the stage, Abbey shares a love of teaching and is involved with many social circus projects, developing the skills of young performers and supporting other performers as a Stage manager and Production Assistant for Australian Boylesque company ‘Briefs’.
Kali learnt her craft as a teenager at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. She has performed in Helpmann award winning Smoke and Mirrors, opened Emporium for Baz Luhrmann, formed her own independent company A4 Circus Ensemble and toured the world as a freelance aerialist and acrobat for companies such as Strange Fruit and Acrobatica. Kali’s passion is to create circus that fuses movement and skills in a beautiful and honest way and is thrilled to be exploring this and more whilst working with Casus.
Date +Times Friday 17 June, 7.30pm
Venue Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley
Groups (6+): $39 each
School Groups (10+): $20 (1 teacher free per 10 students)
Bookings www.judithwrightcentre.com or 07 3872 9000
DRIFTWOOD is presented by Judith Wright Centre & Casus Circus