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Wire Dancing

by Patricia Sykes

2000 Commended, FAW Anne Elder Award
2000 Commended, Mary Gilmore award

it takes neither dynamite / nor earth quake /
the business of circus / is its own upheaval

Circus as drama and risk, as exuberance and irrepressible spirit, is the central metaphor Patricia Sykes uses to open a world where public and private share the same tightrope. The poems speak of women searching for footholds along the spectrums of politics, power, history, culture and relationships.

Theirs are performances of celebration and hope as they wire dance through circumcision and incest, madness and suicide, genocide and war. There is passion and resistance, hot comedy and fire in the belly. Falling is the first victory, balance is the ultimate skill.

plastic surgery / will not cure / the mortalities / of a circus maximus

Patricia Sykes' poems in Wire Dancing were inspired by her participation in the Women's Circus. 

Exhibition of Women’s Circus: Stories in Motion

 Established in 1991 as a project of Footscray Community Arts Centre, Women’s Circus returns to its original home to explore its 25-year legacy through photographic archives, oral and written herstory and memorabilia.

OPENING: Thursday 17 November, 6pm – 8pm
EXHIBITION: Friday 18 November – Saturday 10 December
VENUE: FCAC Gabriel Gallery

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