Gymnasts tumble to travelling circus' workshop to learn new skills

TOP OPPORTUNITY: Central West Gymnastics team members watch Circa Contemporary Circus’ Kimberley Rossi and Nathan Boyle perform during a workshop at Kinross Wolaroi School gym yesterday afternoon. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0603sgcirca1

TOP OPPORTUNITY: Central West Gymnastics team members watch Circa Contemporary Circus’ Kimberley Rossi and Nathan Boyle perform during a workshop at Kinross Wolaroi School gym yesterday afternoon. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0603sgcirca1

BUDDING gymnasts were offered a unique opportunity this week to learn a whole lot of new skills from a travelling troupe visiting Orange to perform at the Orange Civic Theatre on Wednesday night.

The seven performers from the Brisbane-based Circa Contemporary Circus are in Orange to present their latest touring show S. 

The show is described as “an abstract work of power and joy where acrobats bend, fly, contort and hang, sometimes alone, or others in a tangle of bodies with acrobatics, athletic aerial acts and powerful solos”.

On Tuesday afternoon the circus ensemble gave a workshop for 15 gymnastic students from Central West Gymnastics, along with five gymnastic coaches.

Orange City Council services policy committee chair Ron Gander said it was great to see more than 20 participants take up the chance to learn some circus tricks, everything from acrobalance to handstands and tumbling. 

“The group also worked on the art of duo, trio and group balances,” Cr Gander said.

“They learnt how to stand on their hands and stand on each other. 

“Many of the performers from Circa have come from a competitive gymnastics background and so they love working with local gymnastics groups. It was an encouraging environment that was challenging and loads of fun.” 

Cr Gander said it was thanks to the high calibre of Orange theatre that the city was able to accommodate such a wide range of professional performers.

“Not only does it attract great performances, these high quality performers are able to inspire and encourage local young people,” he said.

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