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Atopia 2015


Atopia had an initial creative development of 6 weeks at the end of 2015, funded by Creative Victoria and the Regional Arts Fund and supported by Punctum’s Seedpod Initiative.


This development initiated a creative exploration that Castlemaine Circus inc artists have been dreaming about since the company’s beginnings in 2013. 


Castlemaine Circus has been passionate about exploring an aesthetic and site responsive approach that reflects the unique combination of the diverse artistic experience of our core artist base, the extraordinary talent displayed by our young and emerging artists and a resonance of our towns history, legacy, with a future echo of what is to come.

In 2015, Stage 1 of Atopia initiated partnerships with The Meeting Place Koori Cultural Program and Maldon Neighbourhood House Young West Program. Workshops will be continued at the Meeting Place in 2016, and further script and story development workshops will be held with Young West. The project has a balanced focus on developing a new work with a targeted cast and crew of committed young people, whilst also building access and opportunities for young people to participate that are not enrolled in our fee based circus skills program.


Stage 2 TBC 2016.



A Castlemaine State Festival Project 2013, created in partnership with Video Architecture, Castlemaine State Festival and Continuing Education Castlemaine.


Video Architecture re-imagines the built and natural environments of our public spaces. It is spontaneous, collaborative and interactive. The pivotal feature of Video Architecture is that it is live, immediate and organic; thus it responds directly to place and community. 


The Trace project has responded specifically to young people in the region through a summer creative development program at PRIME ART, Castlemaine’s new Youth Arts Hub.


The participating young people, over an incredibly short period threw themselves into this process with commitment and enthusiasm. Working with a complex set of creative stimulus, across video, responding to site, and each other, they have crafted this performance from their own visual, movement, and choreographic ideas. It has been a pleasure and an honour to work with such inspired young performers and artists! 


Projection Artist: Jim Coad


Visual Artist: Gabrielle Brauer


Movement Facilitator: Mandy Field


Visual Collaboration: Holly, Brielle, Oliver, Ruby, Audrey, Asha, Isadora, Ellen, Bonnie


Trace Performers: Izrael Telford, Holly McNamara, Kat Evans, Scarlett Storm, Dylan Sweeney, Nicholas Webb, Annabel Webb


Visual Artists: Ben Laycock, Joan Atherton, Dave Waters, Victoria Hammond


Sound Designers: Charles Affleck, Scott Saunders


Audio Recording: Daniel Rogers


Technical Production: Mike Northcott


Trace 2013

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