Through clear, open and transparent communication built on mutual understanding, this flexible program has developed significantly over time.
By working together, the partnership has achieved
- Participation of more than 40 participants in the BLAKflip masterclass program
- Arrangement of supported opportunities to audition for the National Institute of CircusArts (NICA), with one former BLAKflip participant to graduate in 2015
- Provision of training scholarships for talented artists identified through the BLAKflipprogram, enabling further skill development
- Three graduates of this program taking on full-time performance roles in the Circus Oz
- Ensemble, performing in locations as diverse as New York to Ramingining
- Full-time engagement of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program manager at Circus Oz
- Establishment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group at Circus Oz
- Performance of the world-first professional all Australian Adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary show, Corked Up!
- Recognition through the Victorian and National Creative Partnerships Philanthropy program award in 2013.
On the basis of this deep relationship, Circus Oz has also been also able to establish a range of other partnerships to assist in delivering its overall Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy – BLAKflip and Beyond.
These have included
- Circus Oz Goes Bush – Performances to almost 3,000 people in five remote communities across East and West Arnhem land before finishing at the Garma Festival. Supported by a range of corporate and private partners
- Deadly Elders – in conjunction with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS), delivery of term based Circus Skills program for local Elders, aimed improving at health and social outcomes.