Come play with us …
In 2017, three ocean-based communities – Malcolm Island, Gabriola Island and the Sunshine Coast – will begin the creative development of their own rendition of The Rainforest Circus – Submerged, inspired by the story of water.
Professional artists will work with core teams of youth, children and local artists in each community to catalyze a community-engaged creation process exploring and celebrating the role and story of water in their region. Submerged will incorporate acrobatics, clowning, music, visual arts and physical theatre. The entire process, from story collection to production, will be documented, filmed and showcased on-line across the country.
Creating with Community
Professional artists from the Rainforest Circus will visit each of these communities to collaborate with youth, elders and local artists to collect stories, ideas and concepts. With these in hand, a troupe of artists will gather on the Art Farm to explore how to integrate these ideas and participating community members into a touring production.
Submerged … the story of water
Water is life, and—for many in these communities—it is our livelihoods. It is also one of Canada’s most precious and abundant resources. The Rainforest Circus has always been an exciting medium to explore challenging and emotional themes. Our relationship to—and our dependence on—water is a theme that speaks not only to our 150 years of nationhood but to the thousands of years of human settlement before European contact.
Rainforest Circus Camps
Artists from the Rainforest Circus will visit Malcolm Island, Gabriola Island and the Sunshine Coast to host week-long Circus Camps. Participants will explore creative themes for the development of their own rendition of The Rainforest Circus – Submerged, inspired by the story of water. Artists will work with community members to develop their stories into circus productions, incorporating acrobatics, clowning, music, visual arts and physical theatre.
July 10th to 14th, 2017
July 17th to 21st, 2017
July 24th to 28th, 2017
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 Rainforest Circus partners, sponsors and funders.