Tumbling through life while juggling an existence where Australia’s First Nations culture, tradition, and lands are under threat. Chasing Smoke stomp, dance, flip and weave their message showcasing a people not defeated by adversity, but instead, celebrate survival, modern-day Aboriginality and pride.
The world’s oldest living civilisation is the life force that empowers the stories within Chasing Smoke told through the lens of Australia’s only all First Nations circus ensemble.
65 000 years of old-time ways told through now-time circus.
Directed by Samoan-Australian director Natano Fa’anana (Polytoxic, Briefs, Casus Circus) an unconventional storyteller who chooses to learn from individuals rather than institutions, Chasing Smoke showcases the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander circus legends in a performance that challenges, amazes, educates and entertains.
“This compact performance lasting an hour showcased an incredible abundance of acts, acrobatic floor work, intimate storytelling, comedy and more. Creative nutrition for the soul.”
★★★★ ½ Weekend Notes
“their showmanship is dazzling and their wicked smiles engage the crowd”
★★★★ Fest Mag
“deeply personal and fiercely uncompromising”