Thomas Dixon Centre
406 Montague Road,
West End QLD 4101
From its beginnings in 1908 as a boot and shoe factory, the heritage-listed Thomas Dixon Centre has been transformed into a world-class performing arts destination and cultural precinct, abundant with stories. It features a state-of-the-art 350+ seat theatre, stunning public art, dance studios, community spaces and gardens, built with health and wellbeing at its heart. The Thomas Dixon Centre is also home to state ballet company, Queensland Ballet.
Join in and connect with an inspiring community to enjoy art, performance, food and culture, in a place where stories unfold and ideas are shared under a roof of innovation and art.
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.
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 is 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.
The full stage area is approximately 12m Wide x 11m Deep. The stage features winged areas on both sides of the stage, as well as the availability to travel behind the stage to reach the other side. Stage lighting will be provided by Bend The Air in conjunction with the venue technical team. Lighting presets will be chosen by technical staff based on their professional opinion.
ACRO & CIRCUS sections will have the full use of the stage area - with no mats.
AERIAL sections will use the 6x6m floor which is 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. You are permitted to also use the hard stage area outside of this 6x6m area.
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.
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: in 2023 ALL Aerial competitors, are required to use the provided safety mat for their routine.
From a young age, Dan Power has danced and competed in acrobatics. He later went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in circus arts, majoring in aerial contortion at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). He then went on to perform in Cirque du Soleil’s K.A at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and achieve a number of high-level awards including; Winner of Australia's Aerial All Stars 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.
He now resides back in Geraldton in WA and has opened his own circus studio, Midwest Aerial and Acrobatic Studios.