AERIAL ARTS YOUTH COMPANY
HighJinx is our Auckland-based youth company for young people aged 12 – 18 who want to dedicate their time to development as circus arts creators and performers.
Performers work with aerials (static trapeze, aerial hoop, silks and hammock) and ground-based acrobatics, theatre and dance.
The company specializes in “innovative, truthful and brave” works created for and by its members. The focus is on developing creative expression, skills and confidence in creation and performance.
Directors: Carlene Newall de Jesus & Eve Gordon
Performance Highlights: Tempo Dance Festival, Auckland Zoo and New Zealand’s Got Talent.
Full length shows: “No Strings Attached” (2011); “Fingerprints” (2013); “Flight Lab” (2016): “Lakeside Rotorua” (2017): “If They Really Knew Us – FlightLab 2.0”.
Auditions are held in mid December, in time for the new company members to watch HighJinx’s contribution to the Dust Palace End of Year School Show!
If you are interested in joining the Highjinx family, email us and we’ll contact you in time for the next audition event.
IF THEY REALLY KNEW US – FLIGHT LAB 2.0 (2017)
A full show collaboration between Highjinx and The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa.
If They Really Knew Us …contains emotionally heavy themes and content. We are taken through friendship, exclusion, misunderstanding, confusion and self-doubt, broken relationships, power and powerlessness, bullying, and feeling trapped, as well as empowerment, togetherness, and hope. It is a curation of chapters, each a personal insight from the performers, a vulnerable offering of their voices for us to share in. It isn’t a call to action, a critique, or even a suggestion, it’s an unapologetic and genuine expression of identity both in the individual and corporate.
– Review by Chloe Klein for TheatreView, 23 Aug 2017
I WANNA TALK TO YOU”: THE KIDS SHOW AT TEMPO DANCE FESTIVAL (2013)
By: Carlene Newall de Jesus, Eve Gordon and HighJinx
“A really cleverly put together stage piece of circus ribbon trapeze performed by five amazing young women. Combined with theatre and dance, this piece created an interesting choreography of flying and constructing scenes, including balancing a fishbowl. Sassy and cute with spectacular circus tricks”
– Review by Christina Houghton