Producer: Na djinang Circus
Writer: Harley Mann
Directed By: Harley Mann

A moving circus show that celebrates what it means to be First People - The lifeblood of this country.


Acclaimed First Nations led Contemporary circus company Na Djinang Circus have amplified their green room award wining show Arterial. This moving acrobatic performance linking people, country and culture, where the unseen bonds between the body and the land become beautifully visible.

Directed by Wakka Wakka man, Harley Mann this work uncovers the ancient connections tying First Nations people together, strong through bloodlines but irreparably damaged through colonisation.

Four performers connect with each other physically and spiritually in a display of breathtaking acrobatics scored by avant-garde sound designer Danni Esposito.

Arterial will both excite and move you as the performers celebrate what it means to be First People—the lifeblood of this country. The land its beating heart.

Short Reviews

They already have the crowd, quite literally, in the palm of their caring hands, hands that carry bloodlines, song and storytelling that reaches back thousands of years on this land.
TimeOut, Stephen A Russell
After the show I was stupefied by it’s meaning and the beauty in it’s delivery. Soft and strong, non-gendered and sophisticated. I had to sit in my seat for a while after and just contemplate everything
Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane, Ofa Fanika


Technical Information

Touring Party: 6
Bump-in Time: 6 hrs
Bump-out Time: 2 hrs
Interval: No


Arterial is designed to be a flexible work that can be modified in accordance with equipment that the venue readily has available.

  • 6 Par 64 MFL
  • 32 Fresnel – 1K or higher Rama, Harmony, Selecon
  • 9 RGBW LED Par Philips SL155, Chauvet Slimpar Pro Q
  • 12 Profile – 44deg or wider Source 4, S4 Junior, Axial Zoomspot, Selecon Pacific
  • 1 Profile – 25deg or tighter with iris Source 4, Selecon Pacific (Can be substituted with 2x S4
    Juniors with iris – or – 2x Axial Zoomspots with iris)
  • 1 Hazer Unique
  • 1 ETC Eos Family Console (or Nomad) Version 3.1.0 Build 282


The Na Dijnang Production Manager will assess the venues house PA system, which is likely to be sufficient.


Stage Dimensions: Arterial requires a minimum stage size of 5 metres by 5 metres, with 6 metres height.

Drapery: To be discussed, depending on sightlines of venue. Midstage legs are the most common requirement. A crossover is required upstage whenever possible.

Fly Lines: Fly lines are mainly used to hang lighting and masking. Truss systems or permanent hung bars would also be appropriate.

Arterial requires one static rigging point. This can be achieved in a variety of ways, please discuss with the Na Dijnang Production Manager. In some cases, Arterial may be able to be presented without rigging.

Transport Notes

  • 1 tone van
  • 5 seat car

Audience & Marketing Notes

Arterial resonates with First Nations and non-First Nations audiences by cleverly integrating cultural story telling with contemporary circus.
It is suitable for both culture afficionados and new theatre goers, with a multi-layered production that can be enjoyed for its spectacle alone, or for the intricate cultural relationship built into the work.
Appealing across generations, the work engages family audiences through to older adults and fluidly moves between matinee and evening programs.

Selling Points

  • Only First Nations led Circus company.
  • Non-verbal work that crosses cultural and access barriers.
  • Reflects the Current and urgent voice of youth.

Community Engagement

  • Post Show Q and A
  • Tailored performance workshops, unpacking our process of combing circus and cultural story telling




Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust


65 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $10000

Weekly Sell Off: $16000

Per Performance: $8000

Royalties: 5%
Apra Obligations: N/A

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