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What is on at the Woodford Festival this year
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Friday, 30 November 2007

The hoopla! and daredevil flying trapeze of the circus will be centre stage at Woodford Folk Festival 2007/08.   From December 27 to January 1, death-defying stunts and gasping contortions will be rolling on up at the festival's Palace venue, in the Courtyard and the Tiny Top and anywhere those exotic circus folk choose to set up.

Doch and the Siberian Circus join forces for an extraordinary musical and visual experience both awe-inspiring and beautiful.    The passionate soul of eastern Europe and traditions of old Russia are honoured in timeless circus skills with live music.

"This is old school circus at its best, " explains project manager Chloe Goodyear,   "there's no special equipment just truly extraordinary performers doing amazing things some of their acts are done by no-one else in the world."

The ex-Moscow Circus and Soviet Academy graduates are recognised as among the best circus performers resident in Australia.    The vibrant gypsy tunes of 9-piece Brisbane based Doch add a dimension of excitement and colour.

"We knew the band would have to do a lot of work with timing, and we've had some adjustments to make, but the fantastic thing is how well these two groups have fit together.    The show has this energy which really is spell-binding," Goodyear explains.

Other Palace productions gather the troupes from far and wide.    A Little Bit Bent, presented by Top Chick Management and Circa promises all the fun of a nostalgic sideshow alley with a lot of razzamatazz as daring devils perform on the ground and in the air.

Melbourne's masters of physical theatre and acrobatics This Side Up bring Controlled Falling with movements raw and beautiful.

The League of Sideshow Superstars is coming with mind-bending Space Cowboy, Princess of Powerhouse Tools and the world's smallest tapdancer, Emma Hawkins.

There's nothing small about the folks at The Tiny Top, from the call of the ring-master at the door to featured strongwoman Betty Brawn, this is a show that roars.

From the UK Cloghopppers Bango Circus brings a new twang to the genre with the world's smallest banjo orchestra and a bag full of tricks.    They join the throngs of jugglers, fire-spinners, clowns, puppets and acrobats at the Courtyard.  

The magic of the circus, under the tent canopy or the open skies, enthralls young and old to Roll Up, Roll UP!

Tickets to the Woodford Folk Festival are available online at or at the gate.    For more information go to or call the festival office on 0754961066.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2007 )
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