Circus goes full circle back to Timaru

16:00, Apr 01 2011

Circus Aotearoa is returning to Timaru next week to hold a series of shows after a suitable site in Christchurch could not be found.

The circus was at Caroline Bay during the 100th carnival. Promoter Patrick Gordon said there was a new line-up of talent and acts for their new show, dubbed the Great Southern Tour 2011.

The circus is unique by showcasing seven young tertiary qualified performers from Circoarts, the Christchurch Polytechnic-based circus school.

It usually spent seven months of the year on the road and wintering up in Raglan, the circus's home town.

"The circus was going to be on in Christchurch but couldn't find a suitable site. We even looked at doing it without the tent but didn't think it was right."

Since being at the bay carnival, Circus Aotearoa has been to Central Otago and Southland, where they sold out in Te Anau, Mr Gordon said.

The circus was set up to operate a tour for young Kiwi circus graduates, allowing them to gain real life experience and audiences, before venturing offshore to pursue a career.

Circus Aotearoa draws from a stable of ground and aerial-based acts and is based on a classic circus-vaudeville format.

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