Past Shows

Check out our past  cabarets, shows and performance projects ...


Our 2017 Barely Contained Cabaret was a celebration of new works of circus by artists from Vulcana.  Many of the works explored internal thoughts and  processes that erupted in an exuberant expression of circus and physicality. Some works embodied this barely contained energy, some subtly examined this internal process, some revelled in the contortions of circus itself, and some resorted to the ridiculous to express their conundrum.

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Cheeky, serious, spectacular, ridiculous, thoughtful and beautiful, Quiver was performed by a mix of queer and queer friendly artists, Quiver revelled in the disruptive notions of sexuality, gender and live performance. Mixing the energy of circus and dance, with the beauty of music and spoken word, this was a diverse and inspiring performance that challenged identities to evoke change.

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The Vulcana Ensemble's inaugural and original performance piece, Inertia was presented as part of Brisbane Powerhouse's Wonderland Festival in December 2016, with an almost sell out season.

"…a work of art that is strong, moody and full of modern-life commentary” - Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

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Fluid - February 2016

Tipping Point - December 2015

Small Change - October / November 2014

Magnificent Monster Circus / July 2014

The Magnificent Monster Circus Show was a playful, exuberant show over 30 minutes, reminding everyone of the joys and possibilities of imagination. It was commissioned by the Brisbane Powerhouse and presented on the Performance Lawn as part of Powerkidz Festival in July 2014 to large crowds of appreciative children and their adults.

What Happens in the Show?

Three acrobats arrive on stage to find their show is still in boxes! As they search for their wayward equipment they create a makeshift world of cardboard, hoops and dreams. As each box opens the audience encounters fresh realms of make-believe and magic.

The performers meld circus skills – hoops, silks, trapeze and acro-balance, with a childlike passion for the cardboard boxes. This combination creates a world filled with puppets, robot dances and a mysterious monster lurking in the background!

Combine Shows and Workshops

Working in tandem with Vulcana Kids & Teens, our children’s circus workshop program, the young students were given the opportunity to contribute to the performance. They were taught the finale dance and how to operate the monster puppet for each performance.

These kids are now part of the big secret! The monster that has been plaguing the performers is actually children, playing a joke on them. In the finale they reveal themselves and join with the acrobats to show off their new skills and perform the finale dance together.

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