Women's Circus: Leaping Off the Edge

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Spinifex Press, 1997 - Fiction - 285 pages
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The story of the jugglers, acrobats, tricksters, aerialists, technicians, administrators, musicians, designers, and trainers involved in a community theatre project that was created to work with survivors of sexual assault and performed at the World Women's Conference in Beijing in 1995.
 

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Contents

Preface
THE BEGINNING
Taking Over the Butter House
Why the Womens Circus is Feminist Theatre
The Womens Circus and Other Religions
Chance
Map 42
In Memory of Jen Jordan
Preperformance
Costume and Design Deb Lewis
What Will We Wear? Kylie Whyte 154
Feeling Well During the Performance Sally Forth 157
Interview Rosie FinnLouise RadcliffeSmith 164
Musical Notes Zen Atkinson 179
One Octave at a Time Marianne Permezel 180
Interview Marg DobsonLouise RadcliffeSmith 189

A Question of Cultural Diversity
The Same Chance Franca Stadler 55
The Performing Older Womens Circus Jean Taylor 61
The Juggonauts Lynette Mackenzie 66
Meeting Deadlines Mandy Grinblat 73
THE WOMENS CIRCUS AT WORK
Game of Balance Patricia Sykes 87
Four Seasons Exercises Sally Forth 95
Juggle Art Patricia Sykes 102
How to Make Juggling Balls Louise RadcliffeSmith 103
Singing with the Body Helen Sharp 109
Whipcarrying Women Fi Bowie 115
Labour Exchange Elizabeth Grady Judith Shapland 126
Moomba Madness Louise RadcliffeSmith 134
Trust Mavis Thorpe Clark 200
The Musical Deb Lewis Louise RadcliffeSmith 206
The Nightly Performance Ritual Deb Lewis 212
Coffin Denise Johnstone 218
Circus of Joy and Politics Helen Thomson 224
Hail the Convocation of Women Bridget Roberts 230
Leaping the Wire Kath Davey 243
Celebration
A Circus Woman Jean Taylor 249
Looking Back
Thankyou Carole 269
Glossary 277
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