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“The mere simplicity of having a rope as the only prop was just as clever as it was mesmerising.”


By a Thread is a new ensemble circus creation exploring the relationship between trust and play on an innovative aerial apparatus. Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground. The actions of one acrobat affect and implicate the movements of others in a precise negotiation of cause and effect. The performers use this metaphor for connectedness to explore the give and take, balance, and dynamics of relating to one another. Leaving the realm of the solo act where the performer relies on their individual strength, our acrobats rely on the strength of the group to hold the end of the rope, keeping them aloft.


By a Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics and spectacular skills from some of Australia’s best emerging circus artists. With intense training in a breadth of contemporary circus disciplines, the performers have pooled their knowledge and skills, and then exploded the traditional boundaries of these disciplines to create a show where classic techniques are used in expansive ways and new skills are made possible.


Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and One Fell Swoop Circus

This show was originally handpicked to be in the FAC 2020 Season and has been rescheduled to 2021.


 Thanks to our 2021 partners



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Detailed Warnings for Teachers

None, all ages.


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Featuring seven acrobats and 30 metres of rope, By a Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics from some of Australia’s best circus artists.


Information for Educators

By A Thread is a great introduction to contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre.

Students can:

ENJOY leading young Australian Circus artists perform creative and dynamic repertoire, which has been devised from inspiration around “cause and effect”.

ENGAGE in conversations around the use of the body to convey story, emotion and mood.

RESPOND to the ideas around the idea of “cause and effect” and the greater implications of this in our everyday lives. Students can explore situations in their lives and worlds, which parallel with this concept.


Extension Opportunities

An Education Resource Kit is available for this performance.

There is a Post-Show Q&A after the performance.



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