Circus enthrals and educates students
A skeleton of steel on the oval of Milikapiti School signalled the arrival of Circus Oz.
The performers made the Tiwi Island stopover to present Precarious — a show inspired by the Antarctic and the Aurora Australis — that features acrobats, aerialists, live music and comedy.
But the two-day stay, which included a community show, also offered students an opportunity to participate in circus classes.
Principal Kathryn Leo said the classes followed recent lessons by Hemlock Mejarne — the Corrugated Iron Youth Arts master of clowning, ground-based circus, stilt walking and drama.
“It was a chance for the students to hone their acrobatic skills, and become proficient using hula hoops and juggling balls,” she said.
“The Circus Oz performers taught tumbling and aerial work, contortion and circus fundamentals.
“Learning these skills adds an extra dimension to school life and broadens the students’ perceptions of the performing arts.”
To prepare for the occasion the school put up advertising posters, and liaised with the Circus Oz tour manager and production manager to help organise the event.
Circus Oz approached Milikapiti School for permission to visit.