After 7 years of performances ...

the Rainforest Circus is embarking on a new adventure.

Laboratory:  Creating with Community

The Rainforest Circus is beginning a new 2-year project that involves collaborating with youth, elders and artists in three ocean-based communities to design and co-create a Rainforest Circus show. This new direction towards community engagement means that there will not be a Synchronicity Festival or Rainforest Circus show in 2016. Scroll down to learn about some exciting projects that are happening instead.

The Rainforest Circus is working with three communities—Esquimalt, Malcolm Island, and the Sunshine Coast —to explore the story of water. Professional artists will visit these communities and collaborate with youth, elders and other community members to collect local stories, ideas and concepts. With these in hand, a troupe of artists will gather on the Art Farm in August 2016 to explore how to integrate these ideas and participating community members into a touring production.  In  2017, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, each community will produce and showcase their own Rainforest Circus, incorporating themes inspired by water.

Learn More about the Submerged Project.

Rainforest Circus Shows in 2017

In 2017, each community involved in Submerged will develop their stories into circus productions, incorporating acrobatics, clowning, music, visual arts and physical theatre. Professional artists, local youth and other participants will produce and perform their own professional-calibre Rainforest Circus.

The entire process, from story collection to production, will be documented, filmed and showcased on-line across the country.

What does this mean for the Sunshine Coast?

The Rainforest Circus will act as a catalyst for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, providing all three communities we’re collaborating with a signature event and powerful theme to gather community members from diverse backgrounds and ages together as performers, participants, volunteers and audience members.

And this means we will be reaching out to the Sunshine Coast: the very community who helped us grow the Rainforest Circus into what it is today. We will be asking for your stories and—if you so desire—participation in the circus creation and production. We have big plans for the next two years: pushing the edge of creative engagement once again… and we want you to be a part of it

Interested in taking part in any of our workshops or creative sessions? Let us know!  E-mail us and we’ll send you information about how to register as soon as it’s ready.


Special thanks to our 2016 Rainforest Circus partners, sponsors and funders.

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