Presenting the Rainforest Circus – Submerged


The Rainforest Circus – Submerged is a vibrant theatrical presentation that takes place in a forest. It will incorporate aerialists among the trees, original music and soundscape, clown, dance, poetry and installation art – all inspired by the theme of water — woven together into a live performance. It is a collaborative and dynamic experience between performer, audience, and the forest.

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.

We are now ready for the next step! This summer, The Rainforest Circus – Submerged will be embarking on a mini-tour:

Sunshine Coast, BC – Cliff Gilker Park
July 27 – 29, 2018
Tickets on sale in June 2018

Malcolm Island, BC – Bere Point Regional Park
August 10 – 12, 2018
Tickets on sale in June 2018

Call for Participants

We’re in the final stages of production and are inviting community members to participate. We’re looking for children, youth and adults from the Sunshine Coast and Malcolm Island who are interested in performance or production roles. Participants will be working on their local presentation of the Rainforest Circus – Submerged and will not be going on tour. 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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