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Chasing Smoke — Casus Circus

A must-see circus production that will flip your expectations of the Big Top on its head.
By Matt Abotomey
June 21, 2021
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By Matt Abotomey
June 21, 2021
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This July, where there's smoke in Parramatta, you can bet there's fire. Acclaimed ensemble Casus Circus is on its way to Riverside Theatres with Chasing Smoke, a show that blends the spark and flare of bombastic circus with the slow-burning beauty and nuance of 65 000-plus years of First Nations storytelling.

Directed by Samoan Australian Natano Fa'anana and performed by Australia's only all-First Nations circus ensemble, this award-winning show takes a completely unique approach to documenting Indigenous experience and history. It is both a celebration of survival and culture and a lament for what has been lost and is still under threat. And, its limited season will run from July 16–17 only.

Too often we consider circus as a medium powered purely by spectacle — the swallowing of fire and the juggling of buzzing chainsaws. But Chasing Smoke is an altogether more stunning feat. It manages to balance the sheer delight of contemporary circus spectacle with the weight of a sustained and often painful, but ultimately powerful narrative. You've never been under a Big Top like this.

Chasing Smoke is happening at Riverside Theatre from July 16–17. For more information and to book, visit the website.

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