Which Skills Are Which
Acts in the Circus- trapeze, contortionists, clowns, acrobats, jugglers, magicians and more!
Welcome to our very lengthy list of the acts on offer through ACA. If you can’t find a current listing for the act you are seeking, please contact us to arrange for an act to be created specifically for you.
Flying trapeze – For the full wow factor, flying trapeze is hard to beat. Witness the daring of our trapeze artists as they fly through the air performing amazing tricks to a catcher before returning to the platform. With a fully portable rig, flying trapeze can be performed at outdoor events or at our indoor centre in Byron Bay as part of an evening’s entertainment. For outdoor events a flat surface measuring 25m x 40m is needed.
Silks – Grace, strength and daring combine in this very popular aerial apparatus using two lengths of fabric. Jaw dropping drops combined with aerial ballet make silks a definite crowd pleaser. For maximum visual impact, duo or trio silks are a highlight for any event. Suitable for venues with rated rigging points. Portable out rig also available in some cities. Minimum floor to ceiling height requirement 6 metres.
Corde Lisse (Rope) – For a beautiful, strong act that has elegance and sophistication, corde lisse meets the bill. It combines dynamic movements with long lines and daring drops. Suitable for venues with rated rigging points. Portable outdoor rig also available in some cities. Minimum floor to ceiling height requirement 6 metres.
Spanish Web – For pure dynamic impact and a visual explosion of movement and colour, Spanish web will dazzle and delight any crowd. The performer is attached to a rope via a handloop on their hand or foot and spun around a great speed whilst performing acrobatic positions. A visually interesting and dynamic single point aerial option. Minimum floor to ceiling height 7m.
Static/ Swinging Trapeze – The most traditional of aerial apparatus, static trapeze is dynamic, skillful and surprising in its diversity of movement. Swinging trapeze adds another dimension to this apparatus which involves dropping from great heights and twisting and turning around the bar whilst it is in motion. Awe inspiring and mesmerizing are understatements for this dynamic apparatus. Static trapeze is suitable for most venues with rigging points and can be performed indoors or outdoors on a suitable rig. Minimum height requirement 6 metres. Swinging trapeze requires very high ceiling heights, minimum height 10 metres or a suitable outdoor rig with ground support.
Double trapeze – Combining synchronized movements plus dynamic interchanges between partners, doubles trapeze requires trust and teamwork to produce a visually stunning act. Suitable for most venues with rigging points. Minimum floor to ceiling height requirement 7 metres.
Lyra – Requiring grace, finesse and beauty, lyra or aerial ring shows flexibility and contortion like poses within a framed ring. Versatile, it can be used in duo or trio mode, with 2 performers on the one apparatus or can be used swinging, spinning or hoisted up and down to add extra effectiveness to your event. Acts can be designed and tailored to your theme. Suitable for venues with rated rigging points. Portable out rig also available in some cities. Minimum floor to ceiling height requirement 5 metres.
teeterboardAdagio – Two acrobats use each other as a base to balance and perform acrobatic feats on top of each other using superb control and teamwork. Suitable for all events with indoor and outdoor options available. Stage act or roving characters also available. Minimum stage area 3 x 3 metres with 4 metres height clearance.
Teeterboard – two or more acrobats use a seesaw type board to jump and propel each other into the air where they execute somersaults, twists and other spectacular maneuvers. Requires minimum 6 meter height clearance.
Hula hoop – The humble hula hoop has come a long way with an endless amount of tricks that can be performed on and off the body. An extremely versatile apparatus that can be performed and designed for any event theme in mind. Cheeky and cute, sultry and sassy, high charged and fast and furious, hula hoops will get the crowd cheering as the performer splits 4 hoops on their body and finished with a finale 20 hoop stack. Suitable for all events with indoor and outdoor options available. Stage act or roving characters also available. Minimum stage area 3 x 3 metres with 3 metres height clearance.
Handbalancing – Extreme skill and balance are showcased in this performance as handstands are taken to a new level with press up and one handed handstands performed with power and strength. Suitable for all events with indoor and outdoor options available. Stage act or roving also available. Minimum stage area 3 x 3 metres with 2 metres height clearance.
Fire acts – Choose from fully choreographed fire shows with live drummers to a more free form show featuring fire staff, double staff, poi, fire hoops, juggling, acrobatics and fire breathing. Suitable for all events and guaranteed to make an impact and draw a crowd. A large sheltered outdoor area is preferred. Indoor performances subject to venue approval. Solo fire also makes for an eye catching meet and greet for your guests.
Stilts – Great for meet and greet, festivals, parades and family friendly events, stilts characters can be tailored to your event theme. Currently available characters include clowns, cowgirls, butterflies, flowers, snow queens, lifeguards and can-can girls but we are only limited by your imagination! Solid and stable surface required. No stairs. Can move through normal doorways.
Juggling – Still capable of amazing any audience, these artists can juggle rings, balls, clubs, fire and even the odd chainsaw! Contact juggling also available in solid or crystal balls where the ball is rolled over the hands and body to form a mesmerizing illusion. Suitable for indoor or out, roving or stage act. Minimum stage space 2m x 2m with 3.5m height.
Icarian Games – Amazing, edge of your seat partner acrobatics where one performer juggles the other performer on their feet. Watch the acrobat flip into the air, somersault and land back on the feet of their partner. Must be seen to be believed! Suitable for indoor or outdoor performance space with roof. Specific lighting required. Minimum space 3m x 3m with 4m height.
Magicians – Illusion, sleight of hand and close up magic is a popular option for both young and old. Magic shows to fit any space and any audience with close up roving options also available. Suitable for indoor and outdoor.
Rolla Bolla – a nail biting act where the artist stacks rolling cylinders on top of each other, placing a board on the top and then balances on the stack. Other skills such as skipping, juggling and rotations also incorporated. Suitable for indoor or outdoor. and close up magic is a popular option for both young and old. Magic shows to fit any space and any audience with close up roving options also available. Suitable for indoor and outdoor.
Contortion – From freaky and grotesque to amazingly elegant, contortion is the perfect option for small spaces or podium work. Watch these amazing artists twist and turn their bodies into unbelievable shapes. Captivating, contorting creatures created to suit your event and stage acts that will have your audience in pure disbelief. Indoor or outdoor but suitable flooring required.
Tightwire/slackwire – balancing on a lose rope or taught wire strung between two points, the artist walks, runs and interacts with the apparatus, all the while keeping themselves from falling to the ground. May also incorporate skills such as juggling, hula hoops, manipulation and wire en pointe. Rated rigging points required for tight wire.
Chinese Pole – a traditional Chinese act where artist demonstrate strength and agility as they perform a series of holds and maneuvers up and down a vertical pole. Acrobatic pole dance acts also available. Minimum height 6m for portable pole, 10m for rigged.
Sideshow – harping back to the days of circus freaks, our modern day sideshow artists will make you squirm. Sword swallowing, contortionists, suspension, bed of nails, human pincushion, block head, glass walks and more! Must be seen to be believed. Suitable for indoor and outdoor. Specific safety requirements for each act.
Street show – need something fun, colourful and interactive for your street festival? A circus street show is the perfect solution. Combining comedy with daring feats, our street artists will keep large crowds entertained for up to 45 mins. Outdoor only. Allocated space required.
MC’s – Masters and Madams of Ceremony who combine circus, magic, comedy and confidence to provide an MC who is sure to entertain. Professionals who can deliver a script and keep the night on track whilst injecting the evening with a number of entertainment spots to keep guests delighted.
Roving entertainers – Characters and performers can mingle with guests at your event doing improvised skills to create an atmosphere of fun and interaction. Choose from clowns, jugglers, hula hoopers, fire twirlers, acro balance duos, contortionists, close up magic and stilts to give your event that extra edge. Suitable for all events, indoor and outdoor.