Adelaide, SA 

Saturday, April 9 - Sunday, April 10 

 Key Dates 

Audition Entries Close: Sunday, February 27

Audition Results: Friday, March 4

Live Show Entries Close: Sunday, March 13

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 Venue 

The Parks Theatre
46 Cowan St, Angle Park 

The Parks Theatre is located between the City of Adelaide and Port Adelaide. After undergoing an extensive renovation in 2014, it boasts a suite of great theatres, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and more that foster events and the arts.

The theatre offers special effect lighting and sound equipment and a horse shoe shaped audience seating set up that tiers down to the floor level stage.

Rigging 

Bend the Air have teamed up with Trix Circus, our event sponsor, to include their Alta Rig as our competition rig. The Alta is the only fully engineered, designed and manufactured rig available in Australia. It comes tested, tagged and CERTIFIED. This certification allows Bend the Air to set up the rig seemlessly, in any venue. The Alta also has the highest safety ratings of any free standing rig in Australia. It provides participants with a safe and standardised set up across all competitions, allowing them to do what they do best – excel at aerial arts.

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When taking into consideration the available height, competitors need to take the following elements into consideration. The overall height of the Alta Rig is 7m. Once you have taken into account the rigging hardware plus mat below the actual available space is 6.37m in total of vertical working space from the mat to the top connection point. Please take note of this when designing routines and performance pieces.


Rigging will be from a single point from the centre of the rig. Limited swinging and elliptical movement is possible, but it limited due to the pole placement of the rig. The footprint of the rig is 6m x 6m. No height changes will be permitted during the routine. Rigging for all of Bend The Air competitions is overseen by a qualified rigger. For the safety of all competitors the qualified rigger provided by Bend The Air maintains ultimate authority over rigging and under no circumstances are competitors to personally adjust their rigging.

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Staging 

The theatre configuration is an open plane stage area that does not have a side stage, winged area, or a backstage area to be able to transfer sides of the stage unseen (i.e. you will be seen by audience members while waiting off stage). Please keep this in mind while choreographing routines. There will be a backdrop to indicate the back of the stage, and seating will be in the round – up to 270 degree viewing to the stage area.

 

 

Stage lighting may be provided by Bend The Air in conjunction with the venue management at the various competition locations. Where possible, every effort will be made to ensure that competitor performances are highlighted.

 

Please view the venue’s website, for more information and images.

AERIAL 

As an additional safety component at Bend The Air competitions, we have teamed up with Absolutely Anything Gymnastics (AAG) to provide custom safety mats designed specifically for our competitions. 

STAGE AREA: The stage space for all aerial categories is a 6x6m floor with 30mm thick mat flooring with carpeted top.  This is situated within the footprint of the Alta Rig. Due to the matted floor, no shoes with heels are permitted in routines.

 

ROUND SAFETY MAT: Custom 2546mm circular landing area consists of a staged combination of open and closed celled foams and a high quality constructed pvc vinyl cover formation with venting for quick air release.


PLEASE NOTE: ALL Aerial Addicts competitors, except the Elite category, are required to use the provided safety mat for their routine.

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ACRO & CIRCUS 

The stage for all Acro Fanatics & Circus Freaks sections will be approximately 9m x 9m. This will be a standard hard floor stage area, open to the edges of the audience area.

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Judge 

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Daniel Power

Dan Power started dance at a young age in Geraldton, West Australia at Kerry's Batavia Coast Dance Centre where he competed in various competitions and festivals throughout his high school years, winning several awards in acrobatics. Under the guidance of his teacher, Kerry Smith, Dan auditioned for NICA, the Australian National Institute of Circus Arts, where he was successful in gaining a position. In his first year, he won the award for most outstanding male student as well as receiving a scholarship for the year, he went on to the next two years of full-time training to receive his bachelor's degree in circus arts, majoring in aerial contortion. After he graduated Dan and his aerial partner, Leigh Marning, were accepted into the prestigious company Cirque du Soleil, where they performed to thousands of people in Las Vegas on the show K.A at MGM Grand.

 

Dan returned to Australia once his contract ended and taught at NICA for many years as a specialty coach. He maintained a high profile in the industry performing freelance for corporate events and was a feature act in many night clubs in Melbourne and Sydney with his world class aerial skills combined with mind blowing contortion, this set him a cut above the rest.

 

Dan's Career highlights include an excellence award for his duo aerial act with partner Leigh Marning in Wuhan, China in 2012, 2nd place in Hong Kong's Pole Paradise Aerial performance tournament 2013, Winner of Australia's Aerial All Stars, competition, 2014, in 2016 Australia's circus industry voted him to be Australia's leading male aerialist at the Australian circus festival in Sydney, and most recently he won the professional category, at the Australian Circus Championships in Perth 2017. Since then, Dan has opened his own circus studio, MAAS, Midwest Aerial and Acrobatic Studios so that he can bring his love of circus and aerial training to the people of the Midwest of West Australia, he has all so adjudicated a dance festival and been a master trainer at both the National Training Project in Albury with the flying fruit fly circus and the W.A circus festival "Karnidale" in Karridale W.A. annually.

 

Dan Power is so excited to foster and develop the talent of emerging artists. He believes in the power of the wind, waves, sun and sand of the Batavia Coast and hopes to bring some circus joy to everyone.