The company is committed to transforming the everyday public space through street theatre, large visual imagery and community projects, Circus Solarus has built a reputation for creating contemporary carnival and lively comic performances.
The company’s skilled performers and visual artists can animate events in the unique Circus Solarus style, or work with groups from the community to tell local stories through art and performance.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we deliver high quality entertainment with a commitment to community development and engagement through the arts. We work with clients to create the best outcomes for their events whether they are corporate events, local festivals, museum entertainment or community projects.
For more than 2 decades, Circus Solarus has explored all aspects of the Theatre of Celebration - just look at the SERVICES section for the wide range of skills and experience our team of professional artists and performers can provide. If you don’t see what you want, call us - we can make the impossible possible.
We formed Circus Solarus in 1987 and began performing as a travelling Medieval style Arts and Crafts Fair in 1988. We created the performance and the Fairground and booked local artists and crafts people to sell their wares. We were dedicated to using our arts skills in community celebrations - performances, parades, and large environmental theatre using banners, flags, lanterns, giant puppets, costumes.
This eclectic mix of artforms still underpins everything we do: - drawings and sculptures become costumes; dreams turn into characters. A strange perambulating machine appears in one performance as a circus cart, then reappears in others as a percussion trolley or a dispensary pushed by the Doctors Solarus.
Every person who joins us influences our performances. We give preference to full time actors and artists and in this way Circus Solarus has supported many other arts professionals who are dedicated to their craft.
Circus Solarus developed into a flexible and responsive company, able to work quickly to a brief, theme to events and work in communities on a vast range of projects and across varied artforms. By the 1990’s street theatre had become more of a focus for us, yet we continued to work on Community Cultural Development projects, conduct imaginative children’s activities and workshops for parades and festival performances.
The last 5 years has taken us to festivals in the Middle East, developing street theatre performances on a huge range of themes, conducting children’s adventure games and producing pantomime shows.
Today, we are regularly called upon to produce and manage large scale festival projects, such as Alice Desert Festival Parade, SPIKEFEST parade and the VIVA LA GONG festival finale 2004. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with other individuals and communities.