Circus Art | By a Thread + WIN TIX!

Performers Jonathan Morgan, Charice Rust, Ryan Darwin, Emily Chilvers, Sarah Berrell, and Hamish Norris. Photo by Aaron Walker

One Fell Swoop Circus | By a Thread

Six Shows Only at Gasworks

Plus… see below to Win TIX!

Returning to Gasworks from 12 – 16 July for six shows only, One Fell Swoop Circus proudly present a revamped and re-invigorated season of their much lauded production, By a Thread.

An ensemble circus creation exploring the relationship between trust and play, By a Thread sees long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrapped around bodies, explicitly connecting movements above and on the ground. Like the booms and sheets of a sailing ship, performers are hoisted and swung by one another to create striking tableaux and breath-taking dynamics. The actions of one acrobat affect the movements of others in a mesmerising negotiation of cause and effect.

Photo Aaron Walker

One Fell Swoop Circus was formed as we wanted to make work that explores the trust implicit in ensemble acrobatic work, and apply this to aerials. It’s challenging developing group aerial circus acts, as aerialists are often isolated from other performers. We’re in a full-time creative development for this season where we’re fine-tuning. We’re working with an incredible dramaturg and designer and are pushing our acrobatic skills even further.

“The result will be a revamped, slick new By a Thread where the skills, aesthetics and dramatic ideas are heightened and amplified. Circus is a powerful art form because what you see before you is actually what is happening. When you see someone taking a risk by hanging upside down from a rope that is held up only by other people, well… that’s what is happening,” explains Director and company co-founder, Charice Rust.

Wowing audiences across Australia, By a Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics and spectacular skills from some of Australia’s finest emerging circus artists. With intense training in a breadth of contemporary circus disciplines, these performers have pooled their knowledge and skills and then shattered traditional boundaries. By a Thread has been created as a show where classic techniques are used in expansive ways and new skills are made possible.

Runners up in the 2016 Gasworks Arts Park Circus Showdown, One Fell Swoop Circus is a powerhouse young ensemble of circus artists from Melbourne’s renowned National Institute of Circus Arts.

By a Thread is proudly supported by Creative Partnerships Australia.
Directed by Charice Rust & Jonathan Morgan
Performed by Jonathan Morgan, Charice Rust, Ryan Darwin, Ela Bartilomo, Piri Goodman, Sarah Berrell, and Luke Thomas
Dramaturgy by  Zebastian Hunter
Lighting Design by After Dark Theatre
Costume Design by Emily Barrie


We have a double pass worth $90 to give away to see opening night of BY A THREAD on Wednesday 12th July at 7:30pm .o enter send in your name and number to with the title ‘By A Thread’. Entries close 7th July. Good luck!!



Directed by Charice Rust and Jonathan Morgan

12 – 16 July, 2017 / Wed – Sun 7:30 pm, Sat 1:30 pm

Gasworks Arts Park – 21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC

Tickets: $45 Full, $40 Concession and Under 30, $35 Groups 6+

Bookings: (03) 9699 3253 or