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The National Institute of Circus Arts Presents
Qu’est-ce Que C’est? [What Are They Doing... Here?]
A comedy slapstick mystery from acclaimed French Director Charlotte Saliou
28 November - 8 December 2018


We are looking for someone… someone important maybe, or maybe not? We don’t know who it will be, we may not even know what we are searching for…

Charlotte Saliou is a Paris-based circus director known for her delightful brand of contemporary clowning and physical comedy with a strong narrative storyline. She has created numerous shows including ElianeS and Jackie Star, Elegance and Beauty and has worked with international companies such as Cirque le Roux and Compagnie Numero 8.

Expect the unexpected as Saliou brings characters to life from NICA’s cohort of 3rd year performers. In their final production as students at NICA, this ensemble will serve up a spectacle of eccentricity, exultation, spontaneity and humour. Enjoy a range of elite circus skills mixed with physical theatre, falls, slapstick and poetic stage imagery.

Within the characters of Qu’est-ce Que C’est? you may find a friend, an enemy, someone loved, an icon, a star, a queen, a superman, a fool, or a Madonna - in short, the Everyman who summons our humanity.

Choreographer – Meredith Kitchen
Sound Design – Carl Polke
Lighting Design – Matthew Cox
Costume and Set Design – Emily Barrie
Stage Manager – Sarah Platts

Photo by Aaron Walker Photographer, featuring Karla Scott and Shay Bowskill.


Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday 8 December 1.30pm & 7.30pm
Preview Tuesday 27 November 7.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes (no intermission)


Adult                                       $30
Concession                            $23
Family (2 adults 2 children)    $85
Family (2 adults 3 children)    $99.50
Group (Min. 10 people)          $25 per person
Preview (27 Nov)                    $16

*All tickets General Admission


NICA National Circus Centre,
39-59 Green Street, Prahran, VIC


Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Recommended). Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Content: Haze/smoke, course language and adult themes (fighting, gun use, drug taking, sexual references & sexism) in the context of a comedic show.
Note: For more information on any content warning, please contact NICA Reception on (+613) 9214 6975. 


Entry on street level
Venue accommodates wheelchairs on ground level seating
Wheelchair accessible bathrooms

Contact Details


Alternatively, get in touch with us via:
Telephone (+613) 9214 6975
Fax (+613) 9214 6574
Email info@nica.com.au

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Please note there is a lack of on street car parking availability around NICA. Roads surrounding NICA have limited metered street parking.
Stonnington Council operates a number of outdoor car parks as well as public parking off Chapel Street and opposite Windsor Station.
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From Flinders Street Station take the Sandringham Line train to Windsor or Prahran Stations. The Number 6 Glen Iris Tram runs along Swanston Street. The closest stop is on the corner of High and Chapel Streets.
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