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July 2010

Slippry Sirkus would like to congratulate and thank Kate Reid, Lil Shearer, Josh Bond, Simone O’Brien and the team who presented the inaugural National Indigenous Social Circus Conference at CarriageWorks in Sydney.  Hemlock Mejarne (who is now performing in Canada with the Hectic Brothers)  represented Slippry Sirkus for the week’s training sessions and performances,  which saw artists and representatives from many organisations including ACAPTA,  ARCAA, Aerialize, Circus Oz, Legs on the Wall, Stalker, N.I.C.A, Blackrobats, Creative People Collective, Circus Monoxide, Volcana,  Flipside, The Chooky Dancers and Marrugeku  .

Presenters  at the two day conference included Noel Tovey,  who in August  with the Australian Shaksepeare Company will be presenting ‘Little Black Bastard’  at the Edinburgh Festival and Associate Professor Wendy Holland, University of Western Sydney  and Denni Scott Davis, Artistic Director, Slippry Sirkus.

In Central Arnhem, , Slippry Sirkus has worked across July with Djilpin Arts, the Australian Shakespeare Company,  musical director Francis Diatchenko, singer/songwriter Shellie Morris Earth Sync  Laya Project artists , , Nadje Noordhuis, trumpeter from New York , Circus Artists, PyschCus  and the Beswick (Wugularr) Elders & community to produce the Daluk (Women) Dreaming project  funded by Festival Australia .

 The project is based on the ‘Wagalak Sisters/ , for the ‘Walking with Spirits’ Festival , all under the guidance of Tom E Lewis, Artistic Director of the festival.

In the Nambucca Valley, work commenced on the ‘Looking Back to the Future’  an intergenerational digital story project funded by the Australian Government Dept of Health & Ageing in partnership with Nambucca Valley Social Council Services.   Digital Story telling training was delivered at  Mackville TAFE to students who will work as technicians alongside participants from the Aboriginal community who are experiencing signs of early onset dementia . The stories aim to provide contextual clues for the participants to reflect on their lives and stories.

NAIDOC week and  emerging artists Laurie Jackson and Tracey Snow  took  the lead in  delivering circus programs  for the Port Macquarie NAIDOC celebrations

Slippry Sirkus would like to thank the CocaCola Australia Foundation for their ongoing support and funding for the ’Flow’ project in the Kempsey /Macleay Valley which will focus on the Macleay river and river communities.

We are off to Cambodia to work with Cambodian Living Arts ‘s National Youth Festival & The Cambodian Space Project …..Watch This Space……

This month’s featured artist is:                                                                                   Hemlock Mejarne.

Tim and Callan from The Leaping Loonies join forces with legendary acrobat and international street performer Hemlock Mejarne  (Acronym Acrobatics) to bring you The  Hectic Bros., a tightly packed  30 minute show combining the artforms of Classic Australian Knockabout Acrobatics, Slapstick Comedy, Rolla Bolla, Hectic Springboard, Whip Cracking, Balancing, Unicycling, Vaulting, Juggling and many other skills whose name ends with " ing " !!!!

Hemlock is Slippry Sirkus’s physical circus co-ordinator and has worked on many community based arts projects and programs that focus  on young people,(especially those ‘at risk’)

 In July, 2010, Hemlock participated in the training, performance outcomes and as a speaker at the inaugural National Indigenous Social Circus conference in Sydney.

 He began acrobatic training in 1985 under the past Polish National Sports Acrobatics Champion Antoni Lewinski in the  disciplines of Mixed Pairs, Men’s Pairs, Men’s Fours, Tumbling, and Single & Double Mini-tramp and joined the national training squad in Sports Acrobatics and competed at an international level in the 1997 Pan-Pacific Games in Tumbling and Double mini-tramp.

Over the next  ten years, Hemlock lived and worked  in the Northern Territory. In 1992, he worked with Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre Circus Project, tutored by Lu Guang Rong. He co-founded the circus troupesTroppo Trixters (1992-93) and Acronym Acrobatics  in 1997 which performed extensively across the NT and Eastern Australia.  Together Tim Freeman and Callan Mathews-Freeman he has now founded Hectic Bros who are currently touring Canada

Since 1995, Hemlock has worked as a performer and teacher of circus skills in Australia & internationally. He now teaches Circus and Street Performance Master Classes. Hemlock also regularly works as a Creative Director for outdoor events, festivals, performing troupes and stage productions, . His other work includes: developing Occupational Health & Safety policies for circus performance and peer accreditation programs. He is a Sydney City Council Street Performance committee member and “peer assessor”. Hemlock has an ongoing consultancy and collaborative role with various other public precincts and regional stakeholders.

Olympic Flag Parade (Darwin NT), Olympic Torch Relay (across NSW), The Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, The Australian Opera, BBC’s Be Me TV, Petroleum Development Oman, British American Tobacco, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Northern Territory Labor Party, The Greens, The Country Liberal Party, Mission Australia, Beyond Empathy, Variety Club, Camp Quality, Outreach Programs for remote & urban Indigenous Communities & youth-at-risk, The Australian Centenary of Federation Parade, Channel 9 Footy Show & Australia’s Funniest Home Videos, NSW Tourism Commission, Media Entertainment Arts Alliance, Friends of the ABC, Sydney City Council, NSW Road & Transit Authority, Telstra, Circus Monoxide, Circusworks, The Long Yard Sideshow Company, National Folk Festival, Floriade, NRMA, Bega Agricultural Society, various Night-clubs, Conferences & Community Organisations, Utopian Dream Dance Intensive and The National English Ballet

'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.




Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

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Media Comment


There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

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Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track