Women's Circus mark 25 Year Anniversary with powerful adaptation of The Penelopiad and a Stories in Motion Exhibition
Address: 395 Barkly Street, West Footscray (The Penelopiad) / Gabriel Gallery - 45 Moreland St, Footscray (Stories in Motion)
Date: 17 November - 10 December
Ticket: The Penelopiad - $30 Full, $22 Concession, $24 WC Members
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Photographer credit: Marie Watt
Running from the 22nd to the 27th of November, 'The Penelopiad' features an ensemble of 30 members of the Women’s Circus. Exploring the silencing of women’s stories and the prevalence of violence against women in our culture, The Penelopiad is an ancient story that still speaks to us today; a story that gives a voice to the voiceless within history and lets them speak, sing and dance.
Running concurrently from the 17th of November until the 10th of December, Women’s Circus return to their original home at the Footscray Community Arts Centre with 'Stories in Motion'; an exhibition that showcases the Women’s Circus remarkable herstory with resources from over 30 original theatre-circus works. Part-interactive, this exhibition looks to the organisation’s rich past and invites audiences to join in celebrating the exciting future ahead.
Women’s Circus was founded by Donna Jackson in 1991 to work with women who were the survivors of violence or abuse, and was originally a project of the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Twenty-five years later, this company is still proudly based in Melbourne’s vibrant West and now works with women of all ages, experience levels and cultural backgrounds as well as with local communities.
Executive Director, Devon Taylor, comments, “Women's Circus is an important and unique organisatison because we place women, and women's stories, centre stage and in full light. We see the process of making art in a community setting as indelibly linked to the nature of our product (our process IS our product), and we believe in the potential of all women to find their place, their joy, and their strength.
The richness of our work also grows from the fact that we work with such a diverse ensemble of women - aged 15 to late 60's, with various backgrounds and life experience. We're very proud to be celebrating this milestone in the company's herstory.”
Recipients of numerous prestigious awards throughout their 25 years, the company has also toured internationally, been an integral part of multiple festivals and conferences and are the focus of the 2002 Documentary, 'Leaping off the Edge'.
A vital arts organisation in the Melbourne landscape, Women’s Circus offers year round circus and performance training programs, producing socially engaged arts projects for women and their communities. Women’s Circus is a feminist organisation that is dedicated to the individual well-being of women.
Women’s Circus is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by Maribyrnong City Council. This project is supported through the Maribyrnong City Council Community Grant Program and the Besen Foundation Arts and Culture Program.