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Chasing Smoke — Casus Circus

Australia's only Indigenous circus troupe brings to Bondi another powerful performance exploring identity.
By Matt Abotomey
July 08, 2019
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Chasing Smoke — Casus Circus

Australia's only Indigenous circus troupe brings to Bondi another powerful performance exploring identity.
By Matt Abotomey
July 08, 2019
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Chasing Smoke is, like all circus shows, built around the spectacle. Presented by Casus Circus, this show pushes the form to incorporate narratives exploring what Aboriginality means to each of the group's performers. This exploration soon explodes beyond the realm of the personal and delves powerfully into tens of thousands of years of culture and identity.

Since its beginnings in 2011, Casus has built a reputation for political and emotionally charged circuses. With its debut show Knee Deep, the ensemble explored the notion of human limits, before turning its attention to issues of gender and power in Driftwood. In Chasing Smoke, the personal and political dart between physical feats that are weighty with metaphor.

Chasing Smoke demands that the art of circus be no less malleable or agile than its performers. By presenting six unique portraits of contemporary Indigenous experience, Casus encourages us to rethink not only our concept of Aboriginality but also our expectations of what takes place under the big top.

Chasing Smoke will run from Tuesday, July 9 to Saturday, July 13 as part of Bondi Feast 2019. For more information and to purchase tickets, head this way

Image: Rob Blackburn.

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