The Rainforest Circus – Submerged


Submerged is an ongoing experiment in community-engaged arts practice. Over the past two summers, a group of professional artists have visited four different ocean-bound communities to collaborate on the development of a “circus in the forest,”  inspired by the theme of water. Youth, elders and other participants from the Sunshine Coast, Malcolm Island, Gabriola Island, and Esquimalt have been working with this core artist team to devise vignettes and installations.

This summer, The Rainforest Circus – Submerged will be embarking on a mini-tour.   They will be presenting on the Sunshine Coast and Malcolm Island.   Learn more here.

Call for Volunteers

We are looking for people interested in volunteering for The Rainforest Circus production: Submerged. This is a great opportunity to learn more about live theatre and work with a passionate team of artists and production staff. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Past Rainforest Productions

Looking back at 7 Years of Rainforest Circus

The Rainforest Circus began with a simple vision: an audience wandering through the woods, stumbling upon performances and installations; a violinist on a tree stump, a story-teller at the foot of a tree, a ceramic creature dangling from branches above.

In 2009, our first year, 350 audience members showed up, donned masks and—trundling through some surprise August rain—turned this vision into reality. Since then, the circus has grown exponentially. In 2014 & 2015, the Circus went on the road, with sold-out shows in Porpoise Bay Provincial Park in Sechelt and Shirley Macey Park in Gibsons. The productions included aerial hoops, duelling drum kits and the wildest dinner scene ever set in a forest.

The Rainforest Circus is now undergoing another evolution that involves collaborating with youth, elders and artists to produce a community-engaged arts show.  Submerged is the first of these projects.

Special thanks to our 2017 and 2018 Rainforest Circus partners, sponsors and funders.

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