The Collection

Circus Oz Digitised Moving Image Collection (1978 – 2008)

This page outlines:
1. What Circus Oz moving image resources are available to researchers?
2. How can I access them?
3. How have these been made available?

1. What Circus Oz moving image resources are available to researchers?

Since 1978 Circus Oz has been making recordings of its performances, rehearsals, interviews and television appearances. Circus Oz’s production history offers a major repository of performing arts video in Australia: a rich, multi-layered and previously untouched record. In 2010 and 2011 the Circus Oz moving image collection (1978 – 1995) was digitized, and there are now over 900 resources in the collection.

2. How can I access them?

A selection of these resources is available to performers, circus scholars, researchers and the public via the Circus Oz Living Archive website, launched in February 2012. The Living Archive facilitates diverse and creative interactions with the materials and has multiple search mechanisms and capabilities.

Access to materials that are not available to the public via the Living Archive website is limited and by arrangement only, to bona fide scholars. Enquiries should be directed to Circus Oz.  Makers of documentaries and others seeking broadcast materials should direct enquiries to Circus Oz.

Other institutions also hold Circus Oz collections; please refer to the AusStage website for more information on other institutions holding Circus Oz collections.

Data from the collection is also becoming available via the HuNI project to unlock and unite Australia’s significant cultural datasets.

3. How have these resources been made available?

An Australian Research Council LIEF AusStage Phase 4 grant entitled ‘Harnessing collective intelligence and pioneering new visual methodologies for innovative research into Australian live performance’ in 2010 has enabled the digitization of the Circus Oz moving image collection.

The Living Archive project is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Funded Linkage project, administered by RMIT University.