The Circus Parade

Circus Ipswich takes to the streets! 

Join Circus Ipswich for a street parade like no other.
Young local artists take to the street to celebrate life, love and community. A parade of dance, circus and live music that will lift your spirits and celebrates the creative community of Ipswich.

Date: Saturday 17th April 2021 – World Circus Day  
Time: From 4pm
Location: Nicholas Street Precinct, Ipswich

The Circus Ipswich Street Circus Project is an opportunity for the young people of Ipswich ages 6 – 17 years old, regardless of their experience or circus skills to perform alongside dancers, musicians and professional acrobats in a truly unique Street Circus spectacular! 

Anyone can join! There is a place for everyone in the Street Circus! 

You just have to be a student in a Term class at Circus Ipswich to join in. There is no additional cost involved. No previous Circus experience required! 

Creative development and rehearsals for the project  take place most Sundays from 1pm – 3pm. Rehearsals are in addition to scheduled class time.

There are multiple performance outcomes, across the year, associated with the project.

The lead creative for the project is internationally acclaimed circus artist Chelsea McGuffin. Chelsea is renowned for her innovative, daring and fun use of circus to tell stories about the lives of young people. Her work has toured the globe and she is known as one of Australia’s leading Circus Directors.

The project will also be supported by a range of presenting partners including Ipswich State High School who will engage students with skills in dance, makeup artistry, music and film to contribute to the success of the show.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between Queensland Government and Ipswich Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Chelsea has a continued commitment to the highest standard of Contemporary Circus from Australia and, for the past 15 years, has been a pioneering leader of this form.

Her career started in Sydney then led to touring with Circus Monoxide, Tony’s Imaginary Circus, the Queensland Theatre Company, and a nine-year partnership with CIRCA.

In 2008 Chelsea Co-founded Company2, which co-produced the award-winning production Cantina that successfully toured the globe. Company2 went on to create Scotch & SodaShe Would Walk the SkyPerchedKaleidoscope and Le Coup. Other works include Wunderage with Circus Oz and Chelsea worked alongside Rhoda Roberts and a leading team of First Nations artists to direct Natives Go Wild, a Sydney Opera House production.

Over her career Chelsea has maintained a strong commitment to the community, ensuring the next generation of circus performers are inspired, represented, and can see a place for their own voices on the contemporary circus stage.

In 2021, Company2 rebranded under Chelsea’s own name, Chelsea McGuffin, and has been commissioned by Arts Queensland, Backbone and HOTA to develop three new works: HysteriaAzul and Wired Moon and the Ice Cream Floor. Chelsea is also collaborating with David Hart, an iconic Australian Visual artist on a new work, Bogart, and is working with Circus Ipswich to bring performance outcomes to the local community.