Show Description

Spectacular circus collides with the sale of the century in HARD SELL, the 2019 showcase from the National Institute of Circus Arts’ 2019 graduating class. Set in a high-class auction room under the unpredictable gavel of subversive MC Mitch Jones (Australia’s Got Talent 2019, Autocannibal), HARD SELL sees 17 artists transform the stage into a bidding war for Australia’s newest elite talent. Life imitates art from the comedic to the dramatic with a variety line-up including trapeze, Roue Cyr, Tightwire, handstands, acrobatics to name a few.  

Hard Sell is curated by NICA’s Creative Team consisting of James Brown (Head of Circus), Zeb Hunter (Head of Performance), Meredith Kitchen (MovementCoordinator) and Martine Howard (3rd Year Coordinator). Acclaimed Melbourne Choreographer, Stephanie Lake, The Anchor Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Katie Cawthorne and Dance Animator’s Director/Choreographer Alice Lee Holland worked with this year’s students as part of NICA’s Artistic Consultation series. This annual initiative sees students paired with industry professionals to strengthen their performance practice.

Watch the full show here.


Date performed: September 2019

Location: Melbourne

Credits: Poster by Sean Paris & Louis Green.
Production images by Theresa Harrison.
Videography by Undergound Media.