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Venue

The Factory Adamstown

Park Ave, Adamstown, NSW

 Located within St Pius X High School in Newcastle, The Factory Adamstown boasts a 577 seat theatre that features a large stage area. With high ceilings and high quality sound and lighting facilities, this venue provides the perfect space for our artists to take the stage. 

For more details on the venue visit The Factory Adamstown website. 

Rigging

The Alta Rig 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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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 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.

Stage lighting will 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.

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.

ACRO & CIRCUS

The stage for all Acro Fanatics & Circus Freaks sections will use the full space of the hard floor stage. This will be approximately 10 x 8m.

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Judge

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Miranda Walker

Falling in love with circus after seeing a travelling show at the age of 13, Miranda decided that she needed to run away and join the circus! Fast forward to today and Miranda is now an award-winning circus artist, internationally recognised performer, & coach; having competed, performed & taught Aerial Hoop in 8 different countries; plus touring around Australia with Hudsons Circus.

With a background in gymnastics & dance, Miranda picked up a variety of circus skills becoming a multidisciplinary artist; but ultimately become absolutely obsessed with Aerial Hoop, leading to her pushing the boundaries of the artform with a passion for dynamics & flow.

Spreading her talents even further she also spends her time behind the scenes as an entertainment rigger, stage manager & events coordinator.

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