Action, thrills, spills and laughs

After an award-winning season at Edinburgh Fringe, Casting Off is coming to The Cube Wodonga on May 6 from 7pm.

An all women, cross-generational show that challenges the conventions of circus and subverts expectations.

Casting Off stereotypes, three generations of dynamic women tumble, talk, fly, and balance precariously; where the personal is political, the furious is funny, and the acrobatics are downright dangerous.

A disarming, hilarious show about living on the edge and talking about it.

Self-directed, hand-knitted, and honouring the life events that get in the way of work, Casting Off is a theatrical circus experience that celebrates thoughtful, strong, and resilient individuals.

A joyous accumulation of moments that shine a light on women relating to each other in playful, fruitful relationships.

Flipping, climbing and flying to a soundscape of the many disparate texts (lists, poems, conversations, melodies, arguments and biographies) that embody each day.

Casting Off is nonnarrative circus with words that’s easier said than done.

Melbourne based company A Good Catch formed in 2017 with the aim to experiment with circus.

They seek to nurture their own creative voice with a feminist tone and a pro-active attitude, re-inventing the collective approach to devised performance.

The three extraordinary women at the heart of Casting Off are – Debra Batton (60), Sharon Gruenert (42) and Spenser Inwood (30).

Get your tickets here.

Pre-and post-show entertainment (6pm to 7pm and 8pm to 9pm).

Artist bios:

Debra Batton (60)

Debra toured extensively as an acrobat with Circus Oz, an actor with Magpie Theatre and a dancer with Tracks Dance.

She was Artistic director of Legs on the Wall for 10 years.

More recently she was the Circus Director for the pre-school television series Hoopla Doopla, artist in residence at The Womens Circus, and Performance Teacher / Guest Director for the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). She also currently performs with Batton and Broadway and Such n Such.

Sharon Gruenert (42)

Sharon has flown around and been thrown around for 20 years in the circus.

She was an acrobat in Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco and has performed with many of the iconic contemporary Australian circuses including Circus Oz, Circus Monoxide and Dislocate.

One career highlight was performing on a trapeze hung from a hot air balloon 20m in the air as part of Canberra’s 100th birthday celebrations.

Spenser Inwood (30)

Spenser trained, performed and toured with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC) from the age of eight to become the multi-skilled acrobat and aerialist she is today.

She was assistant director and performer on the FFFC portion of the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony 2006 and was invited by The Women’s Circus to direct What Do I Want in 2013.

From 2013-2017 she was a member of the Circus Oz.

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