Three High Acrobatics Triumph at Gasworks Circus Showdown

After three awe-inspiring nights showcasing the physical skill and imagination of contemporary Australian circus artists, the winner of the Gasworks Circus Showdown was announced at the Grand Finale on Saturday night.

With a variety of high quality circus acts battling it out for first place, whose talents ranged from clowning, aerial trapeze, hand balancing and rolla-bolla, it was Three High Acrobatics who ultimately stole the show and walked away with the Gasworks Circus Showdown crown. 

The boys won the crowd over with their hilarious and physically astounding act Knock Off; a contemporary, creative and convincing deconstruction of reality TV show, The Block.

Their performance incorporated a blend of nail biting acrobatics, dare defying stunt work and a healthy dose of mischievous Aussie humour, with their blokey personas accentuated by a soundtrack of classic pub rock anthems.
Their first prize achievement sees Three High Acrobatics represent Australia at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with an additional $2000 spending money thrown in for good measure.

After performing three full seasons of Knock Off at Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe and Sydney’s Hoopla Festival, the boys are thrilled to represent Australia at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The second prize of two return flights to the Adelaide Fringe, registration fee and $500 spending money was awarded to John Henry for their piece, The Legend of John Henry’s Hammer.

Performers Sharon Gruenert and Ruby Rowart engrossed and amazed the audience with their trapeze mastery and sexual ambiguous undertones. The duo was also awarded the Gasworks Foundation award for best female director.

Gasworks Circus Showdown Grand Finale
Saturday 5 May 2012
Hosted by Nath Valvo
Judged by Donna Jackson and Matt Wilson

1st Prize
Awarded to Three High Acrobatics for Knock Off
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival Performance Experience Pack
A return flight to Edinburgh
Registration for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
$2,000 Cash plus a $300 marketing kitty

2nd Prize
Awarded to John Henry for The Legend of John Henry’s Hammer
The Adelaide Fringe Festival Performance Experience
2 return flights to Adelaide
Registration for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2013
$500 Cash

Special Award
Awarded to John Henry for The Legend of John Henry’s Hammer
Gasworks Foundation Award for Best Female Director
$1,000 Cash