Our Philosophy

Vulcana Women’s Circus creates opportunities for women, trans and non-binary genders, young people and communities to participate in physical and creative processes, to express ideas of transformation, risk and expanded notions of "normal", through the learning, teaching and performance of circus. Vulcana respects diversity and the feminist principles of equity and inclusion which are central to all our work and the starting point for engagement with students, participants and artists.

Vulcana Women’s Circus incorporates the circus traditions of inclusiveness, strength, excitement, and daring to transform and empower individuals and communities. Circus provides a talent for everyone, and a shared physical language for people of all backgrounds to explore, express, and build connections.

Vulcana’s workshop program, includes Vulcademy for adults, Kids and Teens, workshops in schools, and with communities, ensures that our values inform how we deliver these programs. We create safe spaces for the challenges of trying new things, taking managed risks and building trust.

Vulcana is a recognised leader in “Social Circus”. Community or Social Circus provides 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.

Vulcana Women’s Circus creates bold, daring, and striking performance with communities, students, and emerging and professional artists. Across all our performance work we aim to articulate diverse stories and represent diverse bodies, abilities and creative responses. As feminist performance makers, we aim to question how diverse bodies are represented and received through the visceral and dynamic medium of circus performance.

Vulcana Women’s Circus is passionate about creating exciting opportunities for engagement, creation, development and sharing of artistic work. We do this through access to safe spaces to experiment with new skills and ideas, a variety of processes to support and develop artists, and by providing access for artists to the rehearsal space, use of equipment and the support of the resources and skills of Vulcana staff.