By a Thread

Presented by One Fell Swoop Circus 


Rating      G - All Ages

Duration  50 minutes

Venue       NAFA Main Stage



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 mesmerising negotiation of cause and effect.

Circus, by the nature of the physicality and risk present in the art-form, necessarily develops high levels of trust and communication within ensembles. By a Thread was created to bring a new dimension to these ‘acrobatic’ relationships, and the parallels they draw to our everyday interactions. Virtuosic acrobatics and intricate choreography weave through moments of confusion, hilarity, romance, playfulness, fear and friendship. The relationships between ensemble members on stage mimic the everyday relationships we have as human beings. The acrobatic ensemble is the vehicle through which ideas of risk and trust are explored, creating an intimate experience around the dangers and joys implicit in engaging with others.

The counterpoint to the danger in circus is the joy that is integral to working as an ensemble, the joy of challenging the risk, and uncovering the possibilities at the intersection of both. More than mere bodies in space, By a Thread is an exploration of tensions physical, emotional and relational.

 “An intricate and mesmerising piece of art” 4.5 stars – ArtsHub

“This is a work of art – if I could give it six stars, I would” 5 stars - The Advertiser

“It’s a bonnie, wee show, full of spectacle and heart. It reaffirms the idea that any rewarding endeavour between two or more people – whether romantic, in friendship, or acrobatic – begins and ends with true eye contact. Beautiful.” – The Australian Arts Review






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By a Thread

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Friday 1 July - Saturday 2 July 2022, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

NAFA Main Stage, Festival Hub, Jezzine Barracks QLD 4810


By a Thread (G)

Dates & Times

By a Thread (G)

Date Times
Friday 1 July 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Saturday 2 July 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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Jezzine Barracks
QLD 4810

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