First Collingwood based Circus Oz show tackles `infobesity’
Circus Oz ensemble, Dale Woodbridge-Brown, Olivia Porter, April Dawson, Candy Bowers and Kyle Raftery with their new show, But wait ... there's more, the first show to be created in the custom-built studio in Collingwood. Picture: Alex Coppel. Source: News Corp Australia
NIC PRICE MELBOURNE LEADER
MAY 31, 2014
CIRCUS Oz will next month unveil the first show to have been produced from its new Collingwood base.
Artistic director Mike Finch said the $15 million facility, in the former Collingwood Technical School in Perry St, allowed the group to fully rehearse But Wait … There’s More before taking it to the public.
“The ceiling is high enough to set up entire rigging indoors, with lighting, to simulate show conditions,” Mr Finch said.
“And we have separate, soundproofed spaces. The old building was just one cavernous space.
“The wind would blow through the cracks in the wall and if someone cracked a whip the whole building had to deal with it.”
Mr Finch said the show tracked a vaudeville circus group attempting to put on a performance in an abandoned old theatre, while being infected by commercialism and the speedy information age.
“It gradually infects the show with a sense of pace and mania and something I’m calling infobesity, which is too much information, advertising, choice. We all deal with it every day,” he said.
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