Big Village – Digital

A new commission for Upswing and the UK/Australia Season with British Council Australia.

A curated conversation: Sharing the Past – Developing the Future

Supporting the development of global majority artists and companies, Big Village – Digital will profile and celebrate those that work outside the unspoken cultural values that prioritise the canon of ‘literary theatre’ and historically the work of white writers.

Upswing is partnering with Casus Circus (Brisbane, AUS), and a total of six companies, 3 in Australia and 3 in the UK, will create a space for exchange where we will share our working practices and what is needed to support and develop artists/companies of colour working in the arts. 

Each company will create a short film – profiling their work and practices – and engage in a series of internal conversations, culminating in a public conversation: “Sharing the Past – Developing the Future” – a conversation highlighting the opportunities for circus, cabaret and physical performance created by global majority artists in the recovery of a post covid arts landscape.  

Both Upswing and Casus Circus create work with the human body — work that entertains whilst encouraging audiences, artists and participants to examine their relationships with themselves and with others. Led by global majority artists Vicki Amedume (Upswing) and Natano Fa’anana (Casus), both companies successfully create touring work that is recognised within their own nations as well as internationally. 

Creating within the artistic landscape of Circus and Visual/Physical performance – art forms that enable the discovery of new and compelling ways of expression – physical bodies become the material for and the site of artistic practice making identity a key theme that permeates the work of both companies.

We will be introducing Casus Circus, alongside the other Australian and UK based companies in the run-up to the start of the project this September. Be sure to follow our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts to get live updates.

The UK/Australia Season is a joint partnership between British Council Australia, British Council, Australia House London and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.