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Circus & Theatre Workshops for Rainbow Youth

60-90 mins

These workshops are free, but you must register in advance by clicking the 'Enrol Here' links below.

Ania Upstill TAPAC

Learn some of the clowning, physical theatre, acrobatics and tumbling skills featured in the circus fantasia 'Into the Bush' in these free workshops for Rainbow Youth aged 13-24.  Workshops are led by New York-based performer, creator and clown Ania Upstill and tutors from The Dust Palace...


Saturday 15 May | 12:30-1:30pm ENROL HERE

Working from the physical body and movement patterns, students will explore building blocks for creating distinctive characters for the stage. Learn movement vocabulary that can be used across multiple disciplines!


Saturday 15 May | 5.00-6:30pm ENROL HERE
Sunday 16 May | 11:30am-1:00pm ENROL HERE

This class teaches the basics on building clown perspective, utilising objects, and the relationship with the audience: the same techniques used to develop the main characters in the theatre show ‘Into the Bush’! Through this workshop, students will learn how to explore the world as a clown, establish clowns relate to objects, and how to share discoveries with an audience. Expect laughter, surprise and delight! 


Sunday 16 May | 5.00pm-6:30pm ENROL HERE

Designed with actors, clowns and other physical performers in mind, this workshop will introduce you to basic partner acrobatic moves and tumbling. Have fun, learn safe practices and come away with skills that can be used immediately or built upon!

These free workshops for LGBTQIA+ youth are a partnership with Butch Mermaid Productions and RainbowYOUTH, and supported by the Albert-Eden Local Grant and by TAPAC. They are part of Next Wave: Waitematā Youth Week Festival.

Tutor Ania Upstill (they/them) is a New York-based performer, creator, educator and clown. In New York Ania teaches for the Lincoln Center and People's Theatre Project, and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Applied Theatre. Ania graduated in 2018 from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater, and before that spent six years in New Zealand working as a director, performer and producer. They interned at the Education Department at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, Assistant Directed and led workshops at the Pop Up Globe in Auckland, and worked extensively with SGCNZ.