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February 2010

Weekly circus workshops have kicked off in the village of Comboyne in the Hastings  and in the Kempsey Area, Kempsey TAFE have come on board to accredit a arts engagement program in the villages of Bellbrook and Bellbrook mission which co exists approx two kilomentres apart in the hinterland fifty kilometers west of Kempsey.

Bellbrook Mission is the oldest gazette mission in NSW and the Bellbrook Village a historic trust village is the setting for ‘The Chant of Jimmy BlackSmith’ and in a serendipitous event, one of the Central Arnhem communities where Slippry Sirkus is delivering programs,  is the home of Tom E Lewis, lead actor in ’The Chant of Jimmy BlackSmith”

In Nambucca, consultation continues with the community of Nambucca Mission and Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Co-operative and  a music program is scheduled for the isolated village of Upper Taylors Arm.

Hemlock Majarne, Physical Circus practitioner and performer extraordinaire  has relocated to Melbourne where he is flying the Slippry Sirkus flag and delivering physical circus training with Circus Ruccis, after dropping in at Circus Avalon in Newcastle to deliver a physical circus workshop.

Slippry Sirkus has recently commenced working with several new fresh artists who we will introduce and showcase over the coming months.

This month we would like to introduce you to:

SistaNative, Orator & Songwoman…… Community Cultural Arts Activist…. I was born to parents from the Kingdom of Tonga, an Indigenous Sovereign nation and the final Indigenous Monarchy in the Pacific region. We were never colonised and  never will be.  My birth name is : Seini Fale’aka Taumoepeau (Battle with the Waves). The Clans of my parents are of the villages of KOTU, Ha’apai & NUKUNUKU, Tongatapu. I am of the House “TAUTA'EHOKO” (the Battle that never was) in Nukunuku & the House “'API FO'OU” (New home) in Kolomotu’a. These are the Houses of my Grandparents where I was raised as a child.

"I wanted to bring thinking back," says Sista Native, who worked across January with Slippry Sirkus and will be delivering more Slippry Sirkus programs throughout the year in NSW and N.T., debuts her one-woman hip-hop theatre piece, A Maze in Grace at the Carriage Works Platform 3 Hip Hop Festival.  It's a character-driven play the writer-performer has based on some of her own cultural experiences as a Tongan-Australian. She sees it as a female contrast to much of the spectacle, or physical wow-factor, audiences experience watching blokes spin on their heads. Instead, Sista Native wants to reach inside the mind.

There are plans for A Maze in Grace to be directed by Neil Armfield with dialogue by other characters "cut in by a DJ", Sista Native explains. "So I'm really trying to push the form of hip-hop theatre."  Details HERE

On a sad and sombre note, Slippry Sirkus would like to acknowledge the passing of Song Woman  Ruby Hunter – this video link ….a Tribute to Ruby……Watch video HERE

'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.




Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

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Media Comment


There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

View samples here

Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track