Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

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  • Two acrobats toss a woman through the top ring of a three-ring column while a band plays music in the background and three other acrobats look on.
  • A member of Circus Oz kneels while perched on the heck and neck of another acrobat, who puts her head in her right hand and smiles.
  • A member of Circus Oz flies into the arms of three acrobats while other members of Circus Oz watch.

Circus Oz
Straight Up

7:30 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2017

They come from a land down under, and, according to a San Francisco Chronicle reviewer, their brand of show business is “a bit punk, undeniably in your face, refreshingly progressive, unapologetically off-color, and gleefully Australian.” They’re the performers of Circus Oz, a rock ’n’ roll, animal-free troupe that has, since its creation in Melbourne in 1978, served up breathtaking stunts, irreverent humor, and live music that grown-ups and wee ones can enjoy together.

The company, which has performed in twenty-eight nations on five continents, features a caravan of madcap musicians and acrobats. Aerialists defy gravity, jugglers propel unlikely objects in complicated cacophonies, and acrobats fall up and stand over. When Circus Oz performs, nothing is impossible and everyone is extraordinary.

Circus Oz makes its Penn State debut in Straight Up, an improbable journey in which reality dissolves. The performers inhabit a life unconstrained by the laws of physics. They are dream soldiers, making the real world and its laws bend to their aspirations.

Adult $42
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $32

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Benson and Christine Lichtig
William Rabinowitz
Shirley Sacks

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Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Circus Oz Company Manager Mel Fyfe, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.