Somewhere between slapstick vaudeville and elegant cirque artistry exists the world of Circus Oz. The “Oz” here isn’t referring to the place where Dorothy visited but to Australia, and this unconventional circus troupe definitely reflects that country’s off-the-beaten-path sensibility.

Circus Oz Swings Into Royce Hall This Weekend

Circus Oz Swings Into Royce Hall This Weekend

Their current production, From The Ground Up, is set on a construction site and offers a general theme of needing teamwork to build something – and what they build is a marvelously entertaining show (2-hour including an intermission) populated with rock ‘n’ roll baton action, a swinging drum pendulum, a human jump rope, a comically inept magician and a roller-aerobics instructor with an attitude.

The performers’ goofiness can overshadow their tremendous skills and the show’s casualness masks how just well staged it is. That is until there are “ah” moments (and I won’t give away too many acts) where gravity is defied or clumsiness turns graceful. Spunky and spirited, clever and, yes, corny, this wonderfully rollicking family-friendly entertainment (probably best for 7 and older) will be at Royce Hall through Sunday. For ticket information visit cap.ucla.edu.

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