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Chasing Smoke presented by Casus Circus and Cluster Arts

“The curtain call reminded us about diversity and the strength of culture, while reiterating that presumptions about identity are a mistake.” – In Review 

Queensland’s internationally-acclaimed Casus Circus (Driftwood; Knee Deep) presents award-winning work Chasing Smoke, featuring Australia’s only Indigenous contemporary circus ensemble led by Samoan-Australian director and Casus co-founder Natano Fa’anana (Polytoxic; Briefs). 

Winner of the 2017 Green Room Award for Best Contemporary Circus, Chasing Smoke is an evocative and triumphant work that stokes the fires of identity, adversity and success for a unique cohort of young Australians, performed by First Nations circus stars Lara Croydon, Ally Humphries, Harley Mann, Dylan Singh and Pearl Tia Thompson. 

Originally produced by Circus Oz via their BLAKflip program, Chasing Smoke premiered to critical and audience acclaim at the inaugural Yirramboi Festival in 2017, praised for its striking aerial, dance, sketch comedy and floor-based routines.

Following its debut, Chasing Smoke was taken on by Brisbane-based Casus Circus, who has emerged as one of the world’s leading contemporary circus ensembles, with audiences exceeding 400,000 in 22 countries worldwide. 

Casus Circus co-founder and Chasing Smoke director Fa’anana said the work offered a glimpse into the world’s oldest living culture through jaw-dropping contemporary circus.  

“In an age where culture, tradition, land and identity are under threat, Chasing Smoke is the spark that ignites the question ‘Who am I?’ from a collective who has 65,000 years of history to sift through in search of an answer,” Fa’anana said.

“These deadly rising stars of Australian contemporary circus pull no punches in sharing their intimate personal stories, each offering a unique stance on what it is like to be at the pinnacle of the world’s oldest living culture.” 

“Casus is strongly committed to furthering opportunities for diverse performers and are proud to have more than 70% of our ensemble artists identifying as culturally diverse. Chasing Smoke is not just a show, it’s also a gateway or conduit for any up and coming artists who might want to do this too... We welcome them all.” 
Chasing Smoke was the first production to be delivered under Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Council’s new initiative The Bridge; a four-year program to support local performers and producers in order to grow the presenting capacity of Brisbane’s performing arts sector.

The Venue: Ulumbarra Theatre


Meaning ‘gather together’ or ‘meeting place’ in the language of the local Dja Dja Wurrung people, Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from what was once the Sandhurst Gaol.

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