Circus Oz BLAKflip Masterclass is happening again this year- 11–22 September.
The BLAKflip Program, generously supported by Annamila, is a dedicated masterclass and internship program that nurtures and actively increases the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander circus artists on stages in Australia and across the globe. Since 2012, this highly successful program has resulted in over 40 participants in the masterclasses, and four artists joining our main touring ensemble. Several participants have gone onto train at the National Institute of Circus Arts or to work with circus, theatre, physical theatre and dance companies through Australia.
Circus Oz's homegrown BLAKflip program returns this year with 10 deadly emerging artists –Jack Sheppard, Dylan Singh, Harley Mann, Ally Humphris, Lara Croydon, Pearl Thompson, Jacob Hunt, Rose Chalker-McGann, Elsie Smith and Nelson Baker – who will undergo two weeks of intensive skills and act development from 11 – 22 September, under the expert guidance of Circus Oz alumni Rockie Stone and contemporary choreographer and dancer Carly Sheppard.
The program is establishing itself as a common thread for a number of emerging Aboriginal artists, and we will continue to grow our program in the coming years. We are looking to raise the bar on expectations and nurture the next generation of Aboriginal artists in the circus sector.
BLAKflip is the only circus program nationally that offers a unique style of training, which is culturally informed and safe whilst developing skills in a creative and fun environment. Through BLAKflip, Cirucs Oz hope to close the gap in the performing arts training pipeline for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, providing opportunities to take their careers to the next step, and to create new work that challenges the definition of what “circus” is in Australia.