Circus Workshops with Chores

Circus Workshops with Chores

An edge of your seat performance followed by brain-building circus workshops – it’s one amazing day!

Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Chores is an exuberant combination of skilled circus stunts and uproarious interactive gags. Two excitable brothers are definitely, about to, almost, at some stage, maybe, do the chores their mother has asked them to do.

Responding to requests from schools all over the state for workshops, Chores is back in 2017 with one amazing day of fun and action!

The day starts with a performance of Chores for all the participants. After a short break it is time for students to try some circus out for themselves.

Workshops are fast paced and full of action – never a moment to spare! Students explore a full range of circus skills including juggling and diabolo sticks as well as the Chores boys’ own invention, Tyre Trampolining.

This lesson plan has been used by the Chores artists to teach groups of children with great success in schools and for companies like Flipside, the Flying Fruit Flies and Circus Oz.

The rich constructive stimulation of these circus workshops increase skills in balance and focus: not only an exciting and different Health and Physical Education lesson for your students but also exercise for their vestibular systems too!

About Chores

Patrick Heilmann and Julian Roberts are two world-class circus performers and acrobats that have performed in companies around Australia and the world. In 2016, Patty and Jules toured with the Youth Touring Program to schools all over Queensland with their show Chores.

Patrick is a graduate of The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and has been training and performing in theatres and Circus companies since the age of seven. Patrick has performed and taught all over Australia, including Kindred Circus, creating shows on marginalised communities, as well as teaching at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Flipside and C!RCA.

Julian studied with Stanislav Shchukin, (master clown of the Moscow Circus) at Circo Arts in New Zealand, where he earned a diploma in circus arts after mastering skills such as juggling, unicycling, mini-tramp and manipulation, though focusing mainly on acrobatics. Julian has trained both adults and children with C!RCA and Flipside Circus, as well as many private workshops, to earn his crust.

Residency Information

A day-long residency comprising of one performance in the morning followed by up to three one hour workshops.

Cost: $2000 for up to 180 kids. Extra audience members for the show at $8 + GST per student

Performance Information

  • 55 minutes including Q&A
  • Stage size – minimum 6m x 8m
  • Ceiling height – up to 6m clearance (preferred but is completely flexible)
  • Smooth floor surface (preferred)
  • Access to a power outlet

Workshop Information

  • up to 3 x 1 hour workshops
  • 40-60 students per workshop
  • 2 trainers provided
  • minimum of 2 engaged teachers from your school
  • each workshop includes a fun warmup, rotation between activities such as ball juggling, diabolo sticks, Tyre Trampolining and object balance, 10 mins clowning around and cooling down
  • 6m x 6m space needed as a minimum, ie a school hall. Can be done outside.

More Information

“Students were engaged from beginning to end. Edge of the seat entertainment!”

“Arguably one of the finest quality performances presented by any artist in any genre in many years…Very professional/highly entertaining”

“All reviews from staff and students were extremely positive. The kids laughed through the whole show and were extremely engaged.”

Recommended Grades
Performance: Prep-Year 10.
Workshops: Year 3 – Year 10

Touring Area
Term 1: Area A, B and C

Touring Region

Booking Information

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