"A visual treat indeed with plenty of WOW factor"
- Clayton Werner , The Clothesline
"Vibrant and youthful production"
- John Dexter , Talk Fringe
Vertical Insanity Circus is a contemporary circus performance company that was founded in 2015 by a group of local Adelaide circus artists. Originally apart of the Circobats Performance Troupe, these young performers have since branched off to create, explore and play with their own artistic style.
After making a successful debut in the Adelaide Fringe for 2015, this team of enthusiastic performers have developed several contemporary circus performances including Trapped (2015 & 2016), Mortal Sins (2016) and Try Again (2016 & 2017). All members of Vertical Insanity Circus are aged 22 and under, who share a strong passion about the circus arts and the joy it brings to the community.
Whilst Vertical Insanity Circus is a young company, its members have trained, performed and travelled together for a number of years, partaking in various state wide and international performances. Young in heart, mind and body, Vertical Insanity Circus celebrates the raw talent and ingenuity the local Adelaide circus community has to offer, and is extremely excited to continue its journey in the circus arts.
After further development following it's season in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Vertical Insanity Circus brought its well-received performance of Trapped to Seacliff Primary School. Filled with Acrobatics, Hula-hoop, Rolla Bolla, Poi, Hats, paints and chairs, Trapped explores and celebrates our quirkiness, diversity and uniqueness as individuals.
Vertical Insanity Circus members Alex Charman, Zoe Charman and Tasma Jefferies had graduated from Seacliff Primary School many years ago, and it was both a nostalgic and endearing experience to see the school and its students continue the legacy of the late Franky Charman-Green, who introduced a vibrant circus component to the school in 2004.
The students and staff from Seacliff Primary School gave the troupe members a very warm welcome to their school and were an exceptionally delightful and encouraging crowd. Whilst the show kicked off with some slight technical difficulties, it was not long before the audience were captivated by the colourful performance, filling the room with applause, laughter and the occasional “I should never try that at home!”
Vertical Insanity Circus would like to extend a big thank-you to Principal Greg Miller, for collaborating with the company members to make the performance a reality, to Mitre Khammash for coming along as our fabulous Sound Technician, and finally to the students at Seacliff Primary School, for being a wonderful audience, asking intriguing questions, and reinvigorating the passion and joy we put into the circus arts. Thank you.
"Making the impossible possible"
In loving memory of Franky Charman-Green
The summer holidays are a busy time for everyone, and to kick of 2017 four Vertical Insanity Circus members, Alex, Zoe, Sam and Tasma, made the long drive across the country from SA to WA. After a five-day road trip across the Nullarbor Plain, the troupe arrived in Karridale, a town that is annually overrun by circus performers. Known by the locals as “Karnidale”, this small town is home and host to the renowned Western Australia Circus Festival, which is celebrating its 10th year!
Over the three training weeks, the group volunteered, trained, met lots of incredible artists, learnt plenty of new skills, and, of course, had loads and loads of fun! Following the training weeks is a three-day circus festival, which is jam packed with great food and breathtaking shows performed by local, national and international artists. Over the course of the circus festival, the team worked harder than ever, watched numerous performances and even made a guest appearance in the Late Night Cabaret!
Overall, it was an incredible, inspiring and invaluable experience. The team from VI Circus wants to extend a huge thank you all the amazing performers and individuals we met during the Western Australia Circus Festival, and especially to the crew from Lunar Circus for giving us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in such a fantastic circus festival… VI Circus would definitely like to make a return trip next year!
Vertical Insanity Circus takes on WA
TRAPPED travels back down memory lane
March Madness has come to a close and the curtain falls on yet another successful festival season! Already, 2017 has been an exciting and busy year for Vertical Insanity Circus and living up to its expectations, the Adelaide Fringe Festival was jam-packed with exhilarating performances, fabulous artists, late night celebrations, delicious food and treasured memories. VI Circus members appeared in several performances over the course of the Adelaide Fringe, making a guest appearance in Cirque Nocturne and producing two shows: Try Again and High Tea with Burl Esque.
Immediately following the successful season of Cirque Nocturne, a seductive Noir cabaret featuring the talents of Alex, Tasma and Sam, VI Circus productions Try Again and High Tea with Burl Esque made their 2017 debut to the stage. Performing to large and welcoming crowds, Try Again and High Tea with Burl Esque showcased the significant efforts of VI Circus and were regarded with high praise from audience members and reviewers alike. Make sure you keep a look out for more updates and information about these breathtaking performances on our Shows page and our social media sites.
VI Circus would like to thank all those involved behind the scenes that helped make Try Again and High Tea with Burl Esque successful, including Leanne and Ellie for their creative input, Ben FX and Tara for building the float in the Fringe parade, Debbie for making Try Again costumes, Jess for allowing us to incorporate her music into Try Again, Chantelle for filming and making incredible promotional videos for both performances, Nicole and Derek for helping us bump out, Darren, David and Joan for handing out flyers during the parade, Nigel for promotional work during the Try Again season, Vashti for her on-going support, Circobats Performance Troupe member, Ryan for performing a wonderful fringe debut in Try Again and an exceptionally warm thank you to Tommy and Hannah for collaborating with VI Circus and joining us on stage in High Tea with Burl Esque. We would also like to thank CircoBats for providing us with a venue to rehearse our performances, Time and Space Circus for loaning us their mats, the incredible team from the Emperyum and finally, the team from Gluttony and the Adelaide Fringe Festival for making another memorable festival season!
Credit to Hannah Tunstill and Brig Bee for photography
VI Circus ALL Around the World!
The coming of spring has seen several VI Circus members performing in various locations around the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Melbourne Fringe. Dynamic duo Alex and Sam have jetted off across the world to debut their brand new independent street show Hoopla International, where they wowed international audiences with a funky, 80s themed acrobatics work-out performance. They have had an amazing time touring across Europe, have met many incredible performers and have learnt so much from the Edinburgh arts community. They are currently touring in Germany and Spain; so if you know any fellow travellers abroad, or are one yourself, tell them to keep a look out!
A bit closer to home, Tasma travelled to Melbourne to perform a solo hat manipulation routine in Cirque Nocturne, a glamorous and entertaining murder mystery cabaret show. Performing to large, welcoming crowds, Tasma was able to work on new skills for her solo performance and during her spare time, immersed herself in the invigorating Melbourne arts scene. Safe to say, we are looking forward to reunite the VI Circus team and continue working on our brand new show, Hand in Hand! Keep your eyes on this space for more information about this exciting contemporary circus performance!