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1 Venue

CirQuest Circus HQ

17 Howlett St, North Perth, WA, 6006

18+ venue or accompanied by parent or legal guardian

Suitability and warnings: PG

Kleenheat Sizzle Factor: Medium

Something for almost everyone. Not too naughty, not too nice. These shows mightn’t be ideal for the little’uns.

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About this event

Aerial acrobatics, anarchic comedy, absurdism, abdominal muscles and, ah, clown boxing. Fisticuffs is the one man circus theatre show your parents warned you about. Sven Hopla's didn't, they sold him to the circus and he's come back to tell you it's not as glamorous as you might think.

Part surrealist comedy, part technical virtuosity Fisticuffs pushes the boundaries of circus in a unique, incendiary show that is skillful, funny and strangely beautiful.

WINNER Charlie Carol award for Comedic Innovation
WINNER Red Bull Award "Most Inspirational Act"
Circa Festival Nominee 2012
"A very interesting, very creative and very intelligent circus artist"
- Jonathon Priest, Cirkus Cirkor

Presented by:
Sven Hopla

After 9 years of performing circus and winning awards around Europe Sven Hopla decided to return home to Perth and settle down a bit. And couldn’t, so he made a show.

Formally trained at the Academy of Circus Arts and Circomedia (UK) Sven couples his high physicality with his acting studies, received at WAAPA, to bring a theatrical quality to his work and a strong connection with his audiences. He has performed at cabarets, bespoke festivals and large scale corporate events across Europe, including Arcadia Spectacular, Glastonbury Festival and the London Olympics and has created work by commission for arts festivals, theatre companies and institutions in the UK. Fisticuffs is his first show aimed at Fringe and probably the best thing he has ever done.

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