Since 1996 Vulcana has been taking circus workshops and performance-devising projects to marginalised communities of women and young people in and around Brisbane.
Vulcana creates partnerships with diverse communities that are under-resourced due to race, age, background, ability, gender or experience. The projects facilitate cultural exchanges between participants, artists and artsworkers through the medium of contemporary circus and may lead to a performance outcome.
About Community / Social Circus
Community or Social Circus seeks to promote access to creative processes and community representation, to develop social cohesion and to provide tools for social change through the learning, teaching and performance of circus and physical theatre.
The development of this broad community engagement program reflects the fundamental aims of Vulcana. The organisation is committed to supporting, inspiring and empowering participants from diverse backgrounds who have limited access to cultural expression.
The Vulcana Process
The workshop process uses the richness of circus to create a shared physical language and create a sense of trust and connection within the workshop group.
The opportunity for participants to devise their own performance makes their experiences tangible and valuable as well as giving them access to new experiences and additional skills through the process of taking a production through to performance.
Participating in supportive but challenging and exciting circus activities can be transformational for many participants and this is the primary value of Vulcana’s community engagement. Resulting performances are renowned for empowering groups and generating an immense sense of pride and achievement as well as poignant and celebratory theatre.
In the last 12 years we’ve worked with communities such as recently arrived and refugee communities, Indigenous communities across the generations, the Deaf community, people with a disability, young people at risk, the homeless, young parents, and survivors of domestic violence. Partners on these projects have been local or state-wide service organisations such as Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, Inala Wangarra, Brisbane Youth Service, Cerebral Palsy League, MultiLink Settlement Services, Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service, MDA, Northey Street City Farm, ACPA, QAD; schools such as Albert Park Flexi School, Carinity Southside Education, Milpera, Hymba Yumba, The Murri School and Junction Park State School; councils such as Brisbane and Logan City Councils, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim and Redlands Regional Councils; and state-wide or local arts organisations such as Access Arts, Contact Inc., BEMAC and SpeakOut. Brisbane Powerhouse, Judith Wright Centre, Logan Entertainment Centre and QPAC have also been important theatre partners in the presentation of performance projects.
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Contact us to talk about partnering on a community engagement program with us.