What is Circusoc?
Throughout Australia and the rest of the world, there are hundreds of different circus groups, ranging in size, ability and recognition. For centuries, circuses have featured animals, human spectacles and death-defying feats, bringing entertainment to millions.
When Murray Henstock started Circusoc in 1996, its members came together to juggle and experiment with acrobatics. Since then, it has expanded to become the largest fire twirling group in Australia, as well as a highly visible entity in the Sydney circus scene. We not only aim to perform, but also to freely teach all those who are willing to learn. Some of our skills include; fire breathing, fire twirling with staff and poi, juggling, acrobatics, acrobalance, stilt walking, balloon twisting, aerial silk performances, devil sticks, clown work, face painting and more.
We have performed for a number of prestigious clients, including the Australian Defence Force on several occasions; the Sydney Olympic Committee at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games; and the Crusty Demons, to an audience of 15 000 at the Sydney Super Dome.
Circusoc also caters for smaller events like birthday parties, school graduations and book launches. Some of our non-performance based outings involve teaching skills to school children, girl guides and disadvantaged groups.
We meet regularly to develop the skills of newer members and expand on the performance abilities of our members. We have fostered a great sense of community spirit within the UNSW scene and within the wider community.
Circusoc meets every Monday at the University of New South Wales to practice and share our skills. Meetings take place in Green House, Gazebo, Shed room 1; or on the Physics Lawn, behind the Old Main Building. They start at about 5:00pm and go until about 9:00pm. All are welcome – members backgrounds vary from university students to lecturers to members of the wider community.
For those people who are keen to perform, apart from our for hire gigs, we try to put on stage shows on campus each year and invite the general university populace.
Finally, Circusoc is a great place to meet broad minded individuals and be part of one of the friendliest social groups on campus. We accept all sorts and always love meeting new people.
Please feel free to look at the club’s constitution.