Told through circus and song, Vasilissa is an immersive open air adventure presented by Sylph Circus and Sirin Ensemble, a choir of six powerful female voices. This retelling of the traditional Russian folk tale leads audiences through a secret Maleny forest following the adventures of Vasilissa, a young teen tricked by her peers into asking the witch of the woods for fire.
Vasilissa is a coming of age story traditionally told to fortify girls on their journey to womanhood. Young women and girls are invited to participate in an artist and counsellor lead discussion to jointly unpack the tale and uncover tools to help nurture a healthy mind. A circle talk for boys will coincide.
Vasilissa is directed by Cindy Darabi (Director Sylph Circus) with musical director Stephanie Arlidge (Choir Master, Sirin Ensemble) and will feature as part of the Anywhere Festival program in May 2021 following a sell out premier season in Jan 2021. The creative development of Vasilissa was proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council through the Regional Arts Development Fund in partnership with Arts Queensland.
Photos by Serena Dixon (Fyre Photography)
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Currently a work in progress, Beyond is a physical theatre and circus collaboration between Sylph Circus and Sunshine Troupe, an ensemble of high functioning intellectually disabled adults. The performance poses the question; What would we do if we could go beyond our fears? The developmental process of collaboration for this work is being filmed for documentary by Aesop Media. (Photo by Hing Ang)