Gasworks Circus Showdown is Gasworks Arts Park’s professional development program for circus
and physical theatre artists and one of the only opportunities of its kind in Victoria. We provide a
platform for circus performers to develop innovative acts for presentation, culminating in an on-stage
showcase in front of a live audience and industry experts. Entries received are shortlisted, and
finalists perform in one of two Heats (Wed 27 and Thu 28 May), and if selected, go on to perform at the
Finale (Sat 30 May).
What kind of work are we looking for?
Entries are invited from individuals or groups of circus performers of all kinds. Acts or excerpts of
acts must be between 10 to 15 minutes in duration. Preference will be given to work that has not had a
ticketed season in Melbourne. You must complete all sections of the entry form and be available for
the rehearsal and performance dates including the Finale show.
You will need to ensure you (and, where applicable, your group) can be available for rehearsals,
which will take place the week before the Heats and Final.
Mon 18 May: bump-in (you may need to drop off/rig/test your apparatus)
Tue 19 to Wed 20 May: lighting plot during the day, rehearsals/rigging in the evening for acts in Heat 1
Thu 21 to Fri 22 May: lighting plot during the day, rehearsals/rigging in the evening for acts in Heat 2
How does the selection process work?
Submit your completed entry form along with supplementary materials of your work. We encourage
applications for works that are new or in-development, and innovation will be looked on favourably.
The selection panel will assess your entry based on:
– quality of your/your group’s skills
– quality of the act proposed
– capacity to deliver the act
– development stage of act
– career stage of you/your group and benefit of your participation.
From the entries received, up to 8 shortlisted acts will be selected to perform at one of the Heats, held
over 2 nights. Up to 4 acts selected by the judges will go on to perform at the Finale. Based on
discussions with the shortlisted acts, the judges will deliberate and Awards will be announced.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY 29 MARCH AT MIDNIGHT
No late entries will be accepted.
Technical support and application advice will not be available after midday on Thursday 26 March.