Revitalizing the traditional circus experience in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz brings its rock ‘n’ roll, animal-free production “Straight Up” to the Moss Arts Center for two performances Feb. 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m.  

The performances will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

Circus Oz takes its audience on a two-hour journey where reality dissolves and performers inhabit a life unconstrained by the laws of physics. Death-defying stunts, awe-inspiring agility, irreverent comedy, and music provided by a live band showcase the Circus Oz caravan of innovative jugglers, unicyclists, acrobatic musicians, and gravity-defying aerialists.

Circus Oz began in Melbourne, Australia, in 1978, and is celebrating more than 35 years of international touring. From New York to Hong Kong, Circus Oz has taken its self-crafted performances of wit, grace, and spectacle to 27 countries across five continents. They have broken box office records at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, represented Australia at scores of international festivals, and translated parts of the show into other languages, from Hindi and Japanese to Danish.

Circus Oz was founded as a combination of two already successful Australian groups — Soapbox Circus and the New Circus. The founding members of Circus Oz loved the skills and tricks of traditional circus but wanted to make a new sort of show that a contemporary audience could relate to, adding elements of rock ‘n’ roll, popular theatre, and satire.

The performances by Circus Oz are recommended for ages five and older.

During their visit, members of Circus Oz will lead a workshop in juggling, hula-hooping, and other circus skills for students ages seven to nine from Blacksburg New School.


Tickets for the performance are $25-55 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.

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