The Rainforest Circus – Submerged


Submerged is an ongoing experiment in community-engaged arts practice. Over the past three summers, a group of professional artists visited four different ocean-bound communities to collaborate on the development and production of a “circus in the forest,”  inspired by the theme of water. In the first two years youth, elders and other participants from the Sunshine Coast, Malcolm Island, Gabriola Island, and Esquimalt worked with this core artist team to devise vignettes and installations. In 2018, the Art Farm collaborated with community members of the Sunshine Coast and Malcolm Island to create and produce a theatrical performance in the forest: Submerged.

During the summer of 2018, The Rainforest Circus – Submerged embarked on a mini-tour presenting sold out shows on the Sunshine Coast and Malcolm Island. It was an incredible experience to travel together and collaborate with both communities. Thank you to everyone who was involved! To see the full album of photos from this production please visit our Facebook page.

What's Next? Powell River!

This year we are making connections in Powell River, orgianzing workshops in Summer of 2020 and working towards a production in the summer of 2021. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming workshops in Powell River and how to be a part of Submerged 2021.

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 Rainforest Circus partners, sponsors and funders.

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